One person was killed and 17 others were injured as violent winds wreaked havoc in the Kashmir Valley Tuesday leaving thousands of people without power supply amid smashed rooftops, uprooted trees, snapped electric lines and toppled poles, prompting the government to sound high alert.
A state government spokesperson said the windstorm which started Monday night and continued Tuesday without respite claimed its first victim in north Kashmir Ganderbal district when 50-year-old Muhammad Maqbool Magray died on the spot after a Chinar tree fell on his house crushing him under it.
Seventeen more people were injured in different parts of the valley due to uprooted trees, rooftop collapses and other windswept incidents, the spokesperson said.
He said 29 residential houses were completely destroyed.
Image: Kashmiris wait outside their home after a part of its roof was destroyed in a storm on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Tuesday, March 20, 2012