SRINAGAR: At least four persons, including a woman from the Southern district of Kashmir and three non-locals, were killed due to gusty winds and cloudbursts in Kashmir on Monday.
Reports also said that the rooftops of several houses and sheds were damaged while many trees were uprooted due to the windstorm in several parts of Kashmir, especially in northern districts.
A woman was killed after she came under a roof sheet during a heavy windstorm near the Petrol pump in Batengoo area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. An official identified the deceased lady as Meenu Jan (34), wife of Khursheed Ahmad Gareeb of Batengoo Anantnag.
After she came under a roof sheet, she was shifted to GMC Anantnag for treatment where doctors declared her dead, official said.
Moreover, three non-local laborers including a mother and her two sons were killed after a cloudburst hit a brick kiln at the Chandapora area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Medical Superintendent District Hospital Budgam, Dr Ayoub told that they have received three bodies at the hospital and identified them as Bure, wife of Saleem Mansoori (45), her two sons Kaiser Mansoori (20) and Mohammad Rayees (20)—residents of Bareli Uttar Pradesh.
However, a 25-year-old lady sustained injuries in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district after a rooftop of a guard room at Ziyarat Shah Sadiq Qalandar Lar was damaged due to strong winds. The woman was identified as Shakeela Bano, wife of Firdous Ahmad Mir of Lar, who was shifted to PHC Lar wherefrom she was referred to SKIMS, Soura for further treatment.
In the windstorm, the rooftops of several houses and cowsheds got damaged in Lar, Serch, Kujjar, and other areas of the Ganderbal district.
The rooftop of the house belonging to Ali Muhammad Wani, son of Ghulam Nabi Wani was damaged at Wayil area of Ganderbal. However, no loss of life was reported. Meanwhile, a massive windstorm coupled with rains swept parts of north Kashmir, blowing away roofs of several residential, and commercial structures and uprooting trees.
Reports reaching here said that dozens of residential houses, and electric transmission lines got damaged while trees were uprooted due to strong winds in several areas of north Kashmir including Sopore and Bandipora.
At several areas, heavy hailstorms also wreaked havoc on fruit-bearing orchard trees while the traffic movement on interior roads was also halted after many trees fell on the ground due to strong winds. The rooftops of several houses and cowsheds were damaged in Khimber, Chatterhama, Burzuhama, Syedpora Hamchi, and Wanihama areas of Srinagar.
Reports said that the power supply was also got affected as strong winds damaged transmission lines and uprooted electric poles at several places in these areas.
Moreover, the Deputy Director Meteorological department (MeT), Mukhtar Ahmad told that there is a possibility of a rise in maximum temperature in the Jammu division and Kashmir parts, especially in northern districts in the next two days.
He, however, said that there is a possibility of lights rains from May 12-13, which will bring respite from the soaring temperature—(KNO)