Seven bodies were recovered from the debris left behind after a cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar village caused massive destruction.
The cloudburst reported in the Honzar village in Gulabgarh area, that took place around 4.30 am, damaged at least eight houses, according to ANI. Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said SDRF and Indian Army are conducting rescue operations to locate 30 to 40 missing persons. According to Jammu police a total of 17 people have been rescued out of which five are critically injured.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to assuage concerns.
A police official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times that bridges on one side of the affected area have been washed away and the river is in spate.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast severe weather for Jammu and Kashmir, with "widespread intermittent rain most likely to continue till 30 July". Heavy to very heavy rain is also likely at some places.
IMD also issued an advisory, stating, "The meteorological department has predicted heavy rains during the upcoming days and water levels in rivers and nallas are expected to rise, which can pose a threat to the inhabitants residing near rivers, nallas, water bodies and slide-prone areas."