…As 5 dead, 30 missing after flash flood in northern India***
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra has confirmed that a man was killed in a road traffic accident involving three vehicles at Upper Iweka in Onitsha on Tuesday night.
Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, FRSC State Commander in Anambra, confirmed the accident to newsmen on Wednesday in Awka.
Irelewuyi said that the accident was caused by speeding and loss of control.
“The crash involved a Mercedes Truck 911 vehicle with registration number NEN336YX, a Mercedes 911 Tipper with registration number ACA171XU and a Mitsubishi L300 Bus with registration number GDD547ZP.
“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that one of the trucks was on top speed when it lost control and rammed into the other two vehicles.
“A total of 15 persons were involved in the crash comprised of 10 male adults and five female adults.
“One female adult sustained some degree of injuries and was taken to an undisclosed hospital by a good Samaritan.
“While a yet-to-be identified male adult was taken to Toronto Hospital by FRSC rescue team from upper Iweka Outpost, where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty,” he said.
He said that the remains of the deceased were deposited at the hospital’s Mortuary.
Irelewuyi condoled with the family of the deceased and warned motorists to avoid speeding and all forms of dangerous driving.
In the meantime, Five persons were killed, and more than 30 still missing, after a cloudburst early on Wednesday.
This was caused by heavy rains that swept away parts of remote villages in India’s Jammu and Kashmir State, officials said.
Five bodies had been found so far and around 36 people are missing from Honjar Dacchan village, a senior police official of Kishtwar district, Shafqat Bhat, said.
Several structures, including eight homes, were swept away in the flash floods triggered by the cloudburst, NDTV news channel reported.
Bhat said efforts were on to trace the missing persons.
With more rain forecast over the next few days, district authorities have asked people living along water bodies and landslide-prone areas to remain vigilant.
The local weather office in Srinagar has issued an advisory, warning of widespread rains that may lead to flash floods, mudslides and landslides besides water logging in low-lying areas in parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Landslides and floods are common during India’s monsoon season, which runs from June to October.
The rains are vital to agriculture but often caused immense destruction to property and crops, leading to the loss of hundreds of lives.