Woman dies, 9 houses collapse

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SRINAGAR: A septuagenarian woman died and at-least three persons were injured Tuesday as nine residential houses collapsed in several area of Kashmir Valley due to heavy snowfall.

Fazi (70) wife of Jalal-Ud-Din was injured critically after her residential house collapsed at Kansoo village of Imam Sahab Shopian in south Kashmir late this evening, a police official said.

She was immediately shifted to nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

Similarly, two more houses belonged to Abdul Rashid Dar and Mohamad Yousuf Sheikh, both residents of Dashno Hirpora Shopian collpased due to snowfall. Two persons received minor injuries in the incident.

Two more residential houses were completely damaged by heavy rains and snowfall at Maspora area of Kellar in Shopian district, officials said.

However, due to timely action by police, the two families comprising sixteen people, including women and children were rescued after they got trapped in snow. All of them were removed to safer places.

In anotehr incident, two more houses belonged to to Ghulam Nabi Khan at Gangsi Gund area of Dooru in Anantnag district and Maqsooda Begum of Lehjoora also collapsed.

Two more residential houses belonging to Mohammad Iqbal Mochi of Jehama Handwara and Nazir Ahmad Pir of Zatchaldara also collapsed due to heavy snowfall.

Police and civil administration has shifted 48 family members of about 10 families from Waltangoo Naar to Vasik Nar area falling under the Police Post Kund and Police Station Qazigund. These 48 persons, including children, women and old have been shifted to safer place in view of the heavy snowfall.

In another rescue operation Shopian Police along with Army rescued 10 members of two families from Maspora falling under the Police Station Kellar from the houses which were cut off from the main village.

Two families of Iqbal and Qasim Gujjar of Mastpora Keller consisting of five members each were rescued from Mastpora by Shopian Police along with 10 cattle. The families were shifted to the houses of Sarpanches of Moshwara and Mastpora. One more family of Yousuf Ganie from Dublipora Wachi was rescued and shifted to another house in the village.  (GNS)

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