Threat of mudslide looms large at Budgam village, residents mulling migration

Threat of mudslide looms large at Budgam village, residents mulling migration

Charhar-Budgam: A massive mudslide in Charhar village of Central Kashmir’s Budgam has posed threat among the villagers even as it damaged several structures and a large area of cultivated land near the village.
Tehsildar Magam Syed Altaf said that he visited the spot and saw cracks on a large portion of land adjoining the village.
“The report of the threat to the village due to landslide had been sent to the higher authorities. Villagers have been advised to remain cautious and report any eventuality.
He said that the landslide was caused due to seepage of water from the agricultural land. The water caused cracks in a vast stretch of land and now the cracks have reached to the inhabited area.
“A cowshed, two washrooms, a wall and hundreds of trees including walnut trees have sunken and disappeared. There are more chances of mud sliding if precautionary majors are not taken,” Nazir Ahmad Parray, a local said.
The villagers demanded that a team of geologists and natural disaster experts should visit the area to assess the situation and suggest remedial steps to protect the village.
He said due to the imminent threat, several houses were vacated by the inhabitants who were asked to stay at safer places. “Around 5-7 Kanals of land has been affected due to the landslides and it has caused threat to the entire village with around 100 houses,” he said. The mudslide has affected a swatch of land with cultivated crops.
The villagers said the government should compensate the farmers for their loss and provide a solution to protect the village.

 

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