Two girls washed away and as many rescued from flash floods triggered due to rains in Billawar tehsil of Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police said that four girls were crossing the nullah (rivulet) in Machhadi area after they were returning from school in the evening hours.
“The girl students when reached the road junction, they got trapped in flash flood triggered due to heavy rains that resulted into death of two while one was rescued and another sustained injuries,” said police.
The bodies of two girls namely Monika Devi,13 and Radha Devi, both residents of Dhall, Machaddi were retrieved while Archana Devi was referred to Sub District Hospital Billawar in injured condition and one Monika Devi, 15 was safely rescued and handed over to the family.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh tweeted, “Just now spoken to DC Kathua, Rakesh Minhas after receiving the report about the unfortunate incident of 4 school girls getting caught in flash floods in Billawar area. Sadly two of them lost their life while the third one is being given the required treatment in hospital and the fourth one has been sent home safe.”
“My condolence to the bereaved families. My office is coordinating with the administration for all possible assistance. Meanwhile, parents, in general, are advised not to let their children venture out during inclement weather,” he further tweeted.