Land subsidence forces evacuation in Kangan

Srinagar: Land subsidence due to incessant rains and snowfall has forced evacuation by scores of people to safer places in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, a local news agency reported Tuesday.
It said that a number of residents from Ganiwan Sumbal in the Kangan town have moved to safer places after 1.5 kilometers land stretch started subsiding on Tuesday morning.
One residential house belonging to one Muhmmad Ayoub Aawan also collapsed during the natural phenomenon, the agency said.
All the residents along with essential and movable property moved to a safer place even as District administration has sent a team to monitor the situation.
“A team headed by Tehsildar has been deputed to the area and he will take appropriate steps to shift them at safer places,” deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Sarmad Hafeez was quoted by the news agency.
The Deputy Commissioner has also issued directions to concerned officials to be stationed at risk- prone areas in the area for next few days.
“In view of the apprehensions of avalanche, people were advised to avoid movement during snowfall and to keep clearing the snow from their rooftops to avoid any causality due to house collapse,” an official spokesman said.
The official said that in case of any emergency, the people can contact Tehsildar Kangan on 0194-2418218, Naib Tehsildar Gund on 9469548949 and Naib Tehsildar Prang on 9697445254.
Meanwhile, at-least six houses have suffered damage in Samboora area of Pampore town in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Reports said that panic gripped Samboora after people observed land subsiding at different places that resulted in the damage to at least six residential houses belonging to Ghulam Ahmed Kumar, Muhammad Shafi Kumar, Muhammad Sabir Kumar, Ghulam Muhammad Kumar, Ghulam Nabi Kumar and Mushtaq Ahmed Kumar.
When contacted, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Munir-ul-Islam told the news agency that he would send a team of officials to take stock of the situation.