Rains cause havoc across valley


Srinagar: Reports said that a two-storey residential house was completely damaged after it was hit by a walnut tree at Batpora Drung village of Khag tehsil in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday afternoon.

Naib Tehsildar Khag Muhammad Ismaiel Ganie said that a walnut tree fell over the residential house of Nazir Ahmad Para, damaging it completely. “All the inmates are safe,” Ganie added. Meanwhile, a residential house was hit by a landslide in Bhat Mohalla area of Dreygam in Khansahab area.

Reports from North Kashmir’s Baramulla district said that scores of villages were inundated while at many places people staged massive protests against the authorities. Eyewitnesses told CNS that Minister for Horticulture Basharat Bukhari was heading towards Haigam along with Deputy Commissioner and SSP when agitated people cornered them near Iqbal Colony Pattan. Amid anti-government slogans, the protesters alleged that despite repeated pleas from past several years government did not bother to seal the bund in the area. There was a breach in the bund resulting in the inundation of many areas. The Minister assured them that repair work will be started shortly after the improvement in weather. Reports said that protest against Gund Khawaja Qasim also erupted against the Irrigation and Flood Control Department. At least 19 families were shifted to Government Higher Secondary School Pattan from Iqbal Colony where a mosque was also damaged due to land sliding. Several villages of Pattan town including Trikolbal, Hamray, Renji and Haigam are under water. The Hanjiveera-Magam road has been closed for traffic following overflow of water in a nearby stream. According to reports, the water level in some of the streams like Ferozpora, Nallah Ningli and Puhroo nallah is at its maximum and if rains continue “it can pose a threat to the life and property in the area,” officials said.

Eyewitnesses told news agency CNS that the diversion, created after 2014 floods, connecting Asthal village to other parts of Kulgam district was washed away by raging waters of Nallah Vaishaw.  Reports said that Asthal village has got converted into an Island and has been completely cut off. Dozens of stranded families were waiting for government help till the filing of this report. Meanwhile, the Yaroo village in Khuri Batpora area of the district has also been inundated. Deputy Commissioner Kulgam advised people to move to safer places.

 In Anantnag, two passengers went missing after a cab plunged into a river in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The cab was heading to Larnoo from main Kokernag when it plunged into Brengi Nallah near Dandipora village. An official said that six passengers were rescued but five others went missing. The reports suggested that three more missing passengers were rescued by police.

Reports from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district said that heavy rainfall once again washed away temporary diversion at Chandrigam nallah on Tral-Awantipora road. Reports added that due to washing away of the temporary diversion, traffic in the area has been diverted via Amlar. “People are advised not to move towards Chandrigam nallah and asked to divert vehicles towards Amlar or Nowdal”, an official said.

Due to incessant rainfall, a residential house of Muhammad Qasim Gojjar collapsed in Lalpora village of Tral sub-division “but no damage of life has been reported”. Reports said that four water supply schemes with Romehoo Nallah as their source have been disrupted due to massive rainfall. Rohmoo diverson, Arabal diversion and Chatterpora diversion have reportedly been washed away. An official from District Pulwama said that many bridges including Triczal Bridge and Hawal-Rajpora Bridge were washed away. Moreover, landslides blocked Payer road, much to the discomfort of the people.

Heavy rainfall resulted in closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway for most part of the day, officials of Traffic department said here.

An official said that landslides and shooting stones resulted in long traffic jams on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

He advised people to confirm the status of the highway on Friday before proceeding towards Jammu or Srinagar.

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