Snow Aftermath: 2 Die In Keran Due To Road Blockade

KUPWARA: Two ailing persons died on last Friday, in Keran sector area of Kupwara district, due to the blockade of Keran-Kupwara road.

The population is intensely suffering due to the disconnection and non-availability of medical facilities.

The road is blocked for 25 consecutive days and the authorities have taken “little efforts” to restore the road.

The locals said that two elderly patients – Jameela Begum and other lady (wife of Nadir Joo) – died because they could not get medical care.

According to the deceased’s families, both the patients had severe health problems, but they could not get medical treatment there.

The families said that government is aware about the topography and problems which arise in winter season, “but they pay little attention to this area”.

“If my wife could have reached Kupwara for advanced treatment, she could have survived, but due to the road closure she could not be moved to Kupwara town,” Nadir Joo said.

Keran has more than 4000 souls and according to the residents, the government authorities have ignored this valley, and “there are no government officials present there”.

Alleging that the BEACON machines are lying defunct, the residents said the authorities are ignoring the population perpetually. “We have been left to face hardships due to the closure of Keran-Kupwara road,” they said.

The inhabitants said the authorities promised that the Keran road would be cleared “but nothing has happened even after several weeks”.

The Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Gh Mohammad Dar, said, “the administration is closely monitoring the situation and is proving all possible help to the people of far flung areas.”

A total of twenty nine persons were killed during and after snowfalls in Kashmir Valley including twenty Indian army soldiers in 2017. Snowfall triggered avalanches in various areas including Gurez in Bandipora district and Macchil sector in Kupwara district. (With inputs from KNS)

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