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Kishtwar highway sinks, rescue underway
Due to heavy rainfall in Doda, the road between Assar and Trungal has damaged and sunk. Four stranded vehicles including two trucks, a police ambulance and a van skidded off the road due to the damages and plunged into the river Chenab

THE ROAD between Assar and Trungal which falls under the jurisdiction of police station Assar of district Doda had damaged and sunk due to the recent heavy rainfall and four stranded vehicles on National Highway (NHW IB) while crossing, skidded off the road and plunged into the river Chenab during the intervening night of February 5 and 6.

The vehicles which plunged in the river Chenab are two trucks bearing registration numbers 6237/JK02F and 3198/JK02D, one police ambulance of DPL Doda bearing registration number 1893/JK06 and one van bearing registration number 2235/JK06. The drivers of these vehicles except the driver of the van were found unhurt. The whereabouts of the driver of van is being ascertained.

Following erosion of a patch of National Highway, Batote-Kishtwar, the district administration, Doda, swinging into action immediately, have launched rescue and relief operations on war footing. Several steps have been initiated to mitigate the sufferings of the people.

All the district officers have been directed to remain available at the district headquarters round-the-clock to meet any exigency. The officers on leave have also been called back and have been asked to report to the headquarters.

Directions have been issued that all offices at the district headquarter, Doda, shall remain open even on Sunday in view of the urgency.

Market checking squads have been activated to keep vigil over the rates of essential commodities and check black marketing.

These steps have been taken after the chief minister Omar Abdullah inspected the spot and assured all help and assistance to the people.

CM flies to Doda

Chief minister, Omar Abdullah on February 6, had an aerial visit of Assar area, where nearly 150-metre road-stretch between Assar and Trungal was washed away due to heavy overnight rains. Four vehicles were swept away in the incident. However, no loss of life has been reported so far.

Meanwhile, the road link between Batote and Doda has been snapped. The deputy commissioner, Doda, Syed Sharief-ud-Din and Senior Superintendent of Police, Doda, Parbhat Singh were at the site and were monitoring the situation.

Upon hearing the news of the incident, chief minister cancelled his appointments and within one hour was at the site of the slide. He saw stranded people on either side of the slide. Both outgoing and incoming divisional commissioners, Jammu, Sudhanshu Pandey and Dr Pawan Kotwal, accompanied  Abdullah.

After landing at Doda, the CM met senior citizens of the district. He assured them that the transshipment of stranded persons across the slide would be taken up on priority by the division administration.

Stating that everything would be done to facilitate the affected people, Abdullah said that in case of medical emergency, civil and army helicopters would be pressed into service.

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