7 killed, 32 injured as huge rock rolls down waterfall in Reasi

JAMMU, JUL 15: Seven people were killed and thirty two injured when a boulder rolled down and hit people bathing in a waterfall in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police officer said.
The incident occurred around 3.30 pm at Siar Baba waterfall, a major attraction for holiday-makers, Senior Superintendent of Police Reasi Tahir Sajad Bhat said.
According to preliminary information, a loose rock rolled down through the waterfall, killing seven people and injuring thirty two, he said, adding police personnel rushed to the scene.
According to officials, people were trapped under the debris which fell along with the rock from the hillock.
Located 10 km from the Reasi town, the waterfall on the Chenab River at an elevation of 466 metres is one of the biggest in north India.
The spectacular view of the water falling from a height of over 100 feet attracts a large number of tourists.
Deputy Commissioner Reasi and officers of District administration rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue operation. The injured have been shifted to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Kakriyal where a team of expert doctors is attending them.
Union Minister of State for PMO Dr Jitendra singh while closely monitoring the situation has urged the hospital management to provide best possible treatment to the injured and hoped for their speedy recovery.
Meanwhile Chief Executive Officer Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Dheeraj Gupta ,Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma , IG Police, Jammu SD Singh Jamwal are stationed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital to personally monitor the treatment of the injured.
Personnel of Army’s U Force, CRPF 126 Battalion, besides men from NHPC’s Salal power project and AFCONS Railway Company joined the district administration in the rescue operation by providing support including earth moving machinery, evacuation of trapped victims and shifting of the injured to the Hospital.
Huge machinery for earth moving and ambulances were pressed in services to retrieve the victims trapped underneath the debris at the site of the incident.
It is pertinent to mention here that CISF Commandant Navdeep Singh Heera alongwith 25 CISF jawans immediately rushed to the spot launching rescue operation and shifted the injured at DH Reasi.