Landslide damages houses in Kupwara; shooting stones, mudslides in B’mla

Baramulla: Three houses were damaged in a landslide near the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said Tuesday.
A landslide struck Kundian village in Keran sector yesterday, damaging three residential houses. However, no causality was reported in the incident, they said.
Landslides and snow avalanches are a common occurrence in the higher reaches of Kashmir towards the end of winter.
The recent heavy snowfall in the valley has increased the chances of landslides in these areas.
Meanwhile, shooting stones and mudslides prompted the authorities in Baramulla district to suspend traffic along the Srinagar-Muzafferabad highway for several hours.
Officials said that shooting stones and mudslides hit Mohra area in Uri along the highway this afternoon leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded. The beacon officials cleared the road and allowed the stranded vehicles to their respective destinations. Shooting stones and mudslides also affected traffic movement in Yemberzal area of Sopore.
“Shooting stones are rolling down from mountains in Drangbal, Khanpora, Bandi, Veriwan and other places of the district after heavy snowfall and incessant rains,” Deputy Commissioner (DC), Baramulla, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone told Kashmir Reader.
He said that more three dozen families have been shifted to safe places from Drangbal and Bandi areas of Uri. He also ruled out flood threat due to the increase in water level in river Jhelum.
Meanwhile, non availability of power supply also triggered protests in Magam town.
Reports said that scores of residents of Hyhama are of Magam converged at the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway and staged anti-PDD protests. Chanting slogans, the protesters alleged that the village was reeling under darkness since last week when valley witnessed heavy snowfall and rains. The protesters blocked the highway demanding immediate restoration of power supply.
Later, a police team reached the spot and used batons to disperse the protesters. A few protesters, reports said, were also arrested.