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Two jawans washed away in flash floods in J&K’s Poonch, bodies recovered


 Army on Sunday said that two Army jawans were washed away in flash floods and their bodies have been recovered in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A defence spokesman said that Naib Subedar Kuldeep Singh, who was crossing a river during an Area dominance Patrol in the difficult terrain of Poonch, was swept away in a flash flood.

All ranks salute his supreme sacrifice, and the Indian Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family, he said.

He said that the jawan was a resident of Chabhal Kalan, Tarn Taran, Punjab and was survived by his wife and two children. However, the body of the second jawan, who also got washed away, has been recovered in Poonch, and details will be shared accordingly, he added.

The wreath laying ceremony will be held in Rajouri late in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a MeT official predicts widespread rain in Kathua, Samba, and some places in Ramban, Doda, and Udampur districts in the next 24 hours.

He said that overall improvement is expected starting July 10. River Tawi in Udhampur and Neeru Nallah in Bhaderwah tehsil of Doda district have touched the danger mark due to incessant rains.

“Red warning has been issued for Kathua, Samba, and other lower catchment areas of the Jammu region as the risk of flooding and flash flooding increased considerably, and all concerned are advised to stay alert during the next 24 hours,” he said.

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