Flood Fury: 305 people untraceable in State

The number of people, who are missing after flood ravaged Kashmir and parts of Jammu, is increasing with fresh cases of 60 missing people reported from across the state in last 24-hours. With the fresh missing cases, a total of 305 people in the State are untraceable.
Officials said till Saturday 362 people were missing. “Of these, 90 persons were traced.”
They said during last 24 hours, the number of missing people had reached 423. “Of these, 118 people have been traced so far,” they said.
They, however, said 60 fresh missing cases have been reported in the State. “It has taken the number of missing people to about 305”.
Officials further said that among the people, who were reported missing are many residents of Srinagar, as well as laborers and tourists from the states of Uttar Pardesh and West Bengal.
Many residents of different districts of Valley, who were trapped in  Rajbagh,  Jawahar Nagar and Bemina areas, have not been traced.
The number of people who have died of floods in the State has already crossed 300.
Officials said the death toll could be higher as large number of houses have been damaged in Udhampur district due to the landslides. “35 people are reported to have died there”.
Besides, 74 people including members of a marriage party, who were travelling in a bus, were washed away by flood in Rajouri district. 27 people have also died of floods in Poonch district.
Officials said among the dead include children and elderly people.
In Kupwara district, officials said,  some people who had gone to the upper reaches to graze the cattle have been washed away, while two  Kupwara residents  were drowned near HMT.
In Shopian district, where floods have caused heavy damages to the fruits, among the three dead include a child who was returning home and got drowned.
Officials said they have started the assessment of the losses suffered by the crops and fruits due to floods.
“They relief will be provided to the affected people as per the state disaster relief fund (SDRF) norms,” they said.
Under the SDRF norm for the damage to fruits on each hectare of land, the compensation of Rs 12,000 will be provided.

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