ANANTNAG: The recent floods that hit most parts of the Valley have caused wide spread devastation in this southern district rendering hundreds of families homeless, killing cattle and damaging thousand kanals of agriculture and horticulture land.
According to official figures the floods hit 138 villages across the district. In the affected villages 3000 houses either got washed away or collapsed completely or partially. Out of 3000 damaged houses 1884 were concrete while 1116 were kucha houses.
Out of 138 affected villages the worst hit, officials said, remain 38 villages of Bijbehara tehsil and 28 villages of Anantnag tehsil. In Dahruna village over a dozen houses were completely washed away rendering 23 families homeless.
“Besides thousands of houses 8076 cowsheds and other structures were also completely damaged. 5184 shops also suffered damage,” officials said, adding 5719 domestic animals also perished in the floodwaters.
The floods, as per the assessment carried out by the district administration, damaged the paddy crop and vegetable worth crores of rupees. “The near harvest paddy crop on 27427 kanals of land was completely damaged in the district while as 955 kanals of agriculture land was washed away completely. The damage to the agriculture is huge,” an official told Kashmir Reader.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Khan, said that they have started distributing cheques among the families whose houses were damaged.
“We have provided tents to those families whose houses were washed away in Kokernag area and have started distributing cheques to others. Under HDRF norms we are giving 75000 rupees for concrete houses and 17000 for kucha houses. We will ensure that the entire homeless families receive cheques during a week’s time,” Khan said.