Jan 3 Snowfall Declared ‘State-Specific Calamity’

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday declared the heavy snowfall of January 3 as a state-specific natural disaster under the state disaster response fund (SDRF) guidelines to grant relief to the affected families and the departments.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the:-Declaration of the spell of heavy/very heavy snowfall during the period 3rd to 9th Jan-2021, as ‘State Specific Calamity’ in- terms of para 3 (ii) of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) guidelines issued by MHA, GoI, vide No. 33-512015-NDM-I dated 30.07.2015; for purposes of providing relief to the affected families and Departments from SDRF,” reads the order issued on Thursday by Simrandeep Singh, Secretary to the Government.

Pertinently, Kashmir Valley received the heaviest spell of snowfall from January 3, crippling normal life and causing extensive damage to hundreds of houses in the Valley, besides claiming lives of two people, including a paramilitary CRPF man.

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