Avalanche threat: 36 families evacuated to safer locations

Srinagar: Authorities have evacuated over 200 persons to safer places in Kashmir in view of apprehension of snow avalanches striking in these areas.
“In view of apprehended avalanche threat, police evacuated 36 families to safer locations in different places in the hilly regions of the Valley,” a police spokesman said Wednesday.
The evacuation process was carried out yesterday.
Police shifted 20 families, comprising 130 members, from Bataknar Herdandipora to safer places in Kokernag area of Anantnag district, the spokesman said.
A team of senior officers led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Yousuf Bhat visited Batakhnar, Chartor and Gohan villages of Kokernag and took stock of the situation arising out of the landslides due to recent snowfall.
“The team inspected 20 residential houses in Batakhnar, which have developed cracks and pose a threat to life of people, an official spokesman said.
Four families from Zaban-Chuntimula were shifted to a safer place in Bandipora district while as many as 86 persons of 12 families were shifted from Hari Ganwan to Kangan in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
The Metrological department said weather will mainly remain dry till March 22 but scattered rain and snowfall are expected thereafter due to a fresh western disturbance.