21 structures gutted in massive fire in Handwara


Srinagar: At least 21 structures, including 13 residential house, were gutted in a massive fire in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, official sources said here this evening.

They said fire broke out in a residential house situated on the foothills of Bangus Mountains in Waderpayen Handwara in Kupwara. Fire tenders from different parts of the district were rushed to the spot to douse off the leaping flames, clearly visible from a distance.

However, the flames spread to nearby houses due to strong wind, they said, adding before the fire was brought under control, 13 houses and eight cow sheds were damaged. “Dry grass stocked in the houses and chow sheds also made it difficult to stop the fire from spreading to other structures,” they said, adding the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

However, they said there was no report of injuries to anyone in this incident.

Govt announce Rs 1 lakh compensation

Jammu and Kashmir government has announced financial assistance of Rs one lakh each to victims of a fire incident in the frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara. Minister for Social Welfare, ARI Trainings and Science and Technology Sajad Gani Lone said all possible assistance from the government for the rehabilitation of the victims of a fire incident in which 19 residential houses and 15 cowsheds were gutted at Wuddar Bala Handwara in Kupwara in the wee houses today.

The Minister said that Rs 1 lakh each would be provided to the affected families out of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). 

Besides, the Minister also directed the district administration, Kupwara to assess loss of property.

Instructing the district administration to provide immediate compensation to the affected families, the Minister also directed for distribution of blankets and eatable items from the Red Cross Fund among the affected families.  Besides, the concerned office was instructed to provide tin sheets and ration to the affected families so that they may not suffer during harsh winter days, he added.

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