South Kashmir: Thousands flee for safety

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: Flash floods triggered by the heavy rains wreaked  havoc in south Kashmir Thursday, killing at least two people and damaging property and crops and prompting thousands of people to flee their homes for safety.

Kulgam: Dozens of villages in the district were submerged and several bridges damaged as the flood waters of Vaishaw Paisan nallah entered Akhran, Nowpora, Khudwani, Quimoo, Tankipora Rahpora, Wanpoo, Kelam and Adpora. Over a dozen nomadic people were  trapped in the  nallah near Akhran village when reports last came in .
Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Nisar Hussain Wani, said that at least 50 villages in the district have been  affected due to flood. “We have evacuated people from several villages while in Achtal village people continue to remain trapped. In Khudwani and Quimoo areas we have pressed into service at least six motor boats and the efforts are on  to shift the people to safer places,” he said.
He also blamed the people for not paying  heed to  official warnings. “We had asked the people living along the banks of Vaisha w and other streams to move to safer places only yesterday but they did not pay any heed,” DC said.
He also admitted that over a dozen nomads are trapped in Vaishaw near Akhran village. “These nomads are on the other side of Nalla and due to the fast flowing waters and continuous rains they could not be evacuated. Though we had arranged a helicopter for their evacuation but that could not take off too,” DC said.

Anantnag: At least two persons including a woman were killed in Kokernag area of the district. Reports said that a woman Jana Begum of Gadweel Kokernag was killed after a landslide triggered by heavy rains hit her house. Another person Jameel Gorsi of Gadole area was washed away by flash floods  in Ichoo Nalla.
Several villages including Guihard, Adigam, Nagam, Souf, Irkum, Khalhar, Kandiwara, Hillar , Arhama , Badasgam and Damhal   were among the worst hit.
Besides several bridges including Dooru-Verinag bridge, Gadweel bridge, Pahlipora bridge suffered complete or partial damage due to the floods.
Reports said that most of the localities of Anantnag town including Khanabal, Lal chowk, Dangerpora , Laizbal, Dantar, Ganjiwara, and Chee were  submerged in water. Reports said that the residents living along the banks of Jehlum have moved to safer places. Residents also complained of shortage of drinking water since yesterday. “Taps are running dry since yesterday in the township. Despite repeated calls to the authorities the water supply has not been restored,” said a resident , Mohammad Amin.
Additional DC Anantnag, M Y Bhat said that people have been evacuated from all  flood prone localities of the town. “We are trying our best to deal with the situation but the heavy rains are hampering our efforts,” he said.

Pulwama : With water level in Jehlum and other major streams and nallas rising above the danger mark people of dozens of villages situated along the banks of the river moved to safer places. Some of the affected villages include Sethar, Sangam, Naina, Samthan, Gulzarpora, Halmulla, Chersu, Sail, Hanjipora, Tulkhan. Reports besides flood waters entering dozens of villages, several small bridges over various nallas collapsed in the district.
The floods also caused heavy damage to crops especially paddy .

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