SRINAGAR — At least 18 incidents of cloudburst have taken place in the last five years during June, July and August across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Officials said that the three months are prone to cloudbursts in J&K. According to an official document compiled by the Meteorological department (MeT), 18 people have died and eight injured following the cloudburst-triggered flash floods during the three months from 2017 till 2021.
The data reveals that about 100 goats and sheep also perished during the incidents.
On July 18, 2017, dozens of houses were damaged, and crops, roads and trees were washed away by flash floods after a cloudburst in Nagbal area of Tral in Pulwama district.
On July 20, 2017, six persons including four of a single family died and 11 others were injured after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Thathri town of Doda district. Also six houses, two shops and a school were damaged.
On August 2, 2017, a massive cloudburst caused flash floods in Khonmoh area, damaging more than hundred units at the Industrial area.
On July 3, 2018, a house was damaged & several hectares of paddy fields were inundated in Naristan and Gutroo villages of Tral tehsil in Pulwama district due to flash floods caused by a cloudburst. The flood waters also washed away a road in nearby Aripal village of the district.
On July 24, 2018, a cloudburst hit Nagnad Yangwani village of Aripal in Tral area of Pulwama district triggering flash floods damaging few houses, paddy fields and orchards. Another incident of the cloudburst caused flash floods in Sedow, Hirpora and Dachoo villages of Shopian district damaging many residential houses, devastating a few apple orchards while several domestic animals perished.
On a particular date, a cloudburst and heavy rains triggered flash floods in several streams of Kangan area in Ganderbal district damaging crops, irrigation canals, paddy fields, water pipes and some residential houses.
On August 9, 2018, a cloudburst struck several villages in Leh district damaging several houses and other property in Saboo, Shey, Stakmo, Chiling and Rumbak villages.
According to the data, August 14, 2018, a massive cloudburst and ensuing flash floods wreaked havoc in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district including the town, Nacheya, Bagbala, Haji Nard and Gumol, causing damage to the market, dozens of houses & shops, roads, power and telephone infrastructure. Two persons got killed in these flash floods.
On June 12, 2019, four persons were injured after a cloud burst hit Naidkhai-Poshwari village in Bandipora district.
On July 27, 2019, about 100 sheep and goats died when a cloudburst hit Bradiangan area of Tral in Pulwama district.
On August 3, 2019, a cloudburst damaged a residential house, a school and a road in Hajin area of Tral subdivision of Pulwama district. Water supply & electricity transmission lines were also partially damaged.
On August 9, 2020, amid rains and lightning, a cloudburst occurred in forest area Brenpathri Tral in Pulwama district causing flash floods in the nearby low-lying areas. One person died and four others were injured in the incident.
On June 3, 2021, a major cloudburst hit a site in proximity to the house of one Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, son of Mohammad Sadiq Bhat, in village Sharkoot Tarathpora in Handwara area of Kupwara district. The cloudburst caused damage to the house of Bhat besides other houses in the vicinity.
On July 12, 2021, a cloudburst occurred in the upper reaches of Tehsil Lar of Ganderbal district due to which a large amount of water gushed downwards flooding the rivulets causing flash floods and causing damage to agriculture fields, trees, roads, drains and irrigation facilities.
On July 28, 2021, at least nine persons died, nineteen went missing, seventeen people were injured, twenty residential houses and cattle sheds besides other infrastructure were damaged in an area spread over two hundred canals of land when a cloudburst hit remote Hunzar village of Dachhan area of Kishtwar district. Another cloudburst occurred near the cave shrine of Amarnath in Anantnag district leading to shooting stones which caused damage to some tents there.
On the same date, a cloudburst triggered flash floods in Aloosa village of Bandipora district resulting in partial damage to a house, a mosque and a footbridge was washed away.