Scores of families become homeless

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SRINAGAR: More than a thousand houses were destroyed or damaged extensively across Kashmir in the heavy snowfall which began on Tuesday.

Reports of damage and destruction have been reported from Shopian districts Imam Sahab, Kellar, Wagam, Memandar while at least six residential houses were completely damaged in different parts of Kulgam district. These houses belonged to Nazir Shiekh and Ghulam Ahmed Khan residents of Guddar, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din (Banghal), Nazir Malik (Aadpora), Abdul Majid Magray (CR Pora), Mushtaq Ahmed and Wali Muhammad Wagey residents of Akhal Kulgam.

In South Kashmir’s Samboora area of Pampore town three houses, a garage and car was damaged due to snowfall. The Snatro vehicle (JK01T-3441) belonging to one Javid Ahmed Lone was damaged. The residential houses of Abdul Rashid Bhat, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat and Muhammad Rajab Mantoo were also damaged in Nehama Pampore.

Government Middle School Hanjivera, Pattan was damaged when a huge chinar fell on it. 

The shrine of Sadudin Sahab (RA) was heavily damaged when a chinar tree fell on it. Reports said that in Mujhgund area various residential houses were damaged.

Deputy Commissioner Bandipore, Shah Faisal said that Power Development Department suffered heavy losses as most of the electric wires and poles have been uprooted. “Three residential houses were completely damaged in Gurez sector while in Khotran area one Government Middle School was damaged. As per information available with me, 13 houses have been damaged in the district,” he said adding that power and drinking water supply has been restored in the district.

People from South Kashmir’s Pulwama town alleged that administration was caught napping from last two days. “There is no electricity and trees that have been uprooted at many places have not been lifted yet,” one of the residents Mukhtar Ahmed Bhat of Pulwama said adding that a man had to pay Rs 5000 to a JCB driver to clear the road near Ghusso to reach the district hospital as his wife Tasleema Bano was suffering from labour pain.

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Farooq Ahmed Lone said  that more than 100 structures have been damaged at different places including Uri, Boniyar, Tangmarg and upper reaches of Rafiabad. He said that in Sopore town the sheds of JK Industries were collapsed.

In Sopore town different sheds of Colour Coated Seed industry were completely damaged.

According to  Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Saughat Biswas at least 250 structures have been damaged in the district. “All the roads have been cleared while power supply has been restored in different parts of the town,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Budgam Khurshid Ahmed said that a lady died in the district after the roof of a shed collapsed. He said that at least 600 structures have been damaged due to heavy snowfall. DC Budgam further said that orchards and fruit tree have also suffered extensive damage. 

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