After a cloud burst over Honjar hamlet in Kishtwar district in Jammu region early Wednesday, at least seven bodies were discovered and many more were reported missing. According to authorities, 17 people have been rescued so far while the search continues.
The initial number of missing people was reported at 28 by a police officer in the control room.
Kishtwar is around 200 kilometres from Jammu, and Dacchan is a rural and hilly location in the Kishtwar district.
“We suspect 30 to 40 persons were in the village when the event occurred,” Kishtwar district police chief SSP Shafqat Bhat said.