Harsh winter awaits homeless families in Kelam


KULGAM (Kelam Gund): The families rendered homeless by the devastating floods last month in Kelam Gund village of this southern district are worried about their survival in the coming winter months.
Over 45 families of the village were rendered homeless after the flash floods in Vaishaw nallah washed away or raised to ground their houses. Though the government provided temporary tents to the affected families or accommodated them in under-construction government buildings but the latter say that life in tents will not be possible in the harsh winter days.
“We have been virtually left to die on roads by the authorities. We are worried about our survival in the days to come. Government after providing us the tents seems to have closed the chapter of our rehabilitation,” said a resident of Kelam Gund, Ghulam Dar who is putting up in a tent near PHC Kelam.
He said that on Tuesday night the rains almost entered every tent drenching the matting and all other things they had received as relief from the people and NGOs during the past one month.
Another resident, Manzoor Ahmad accused the government of leaving them at the mercy of God.
“Locals and some social and religious groups have been generous enough to provide us all the possible help since the day one. Few kgs of rice is what we have received from the government as relief during the past one month. Government is not taking any measures for our rehabilitation so that we can construct two concrete rooms to face the harsh winter days ahead,” Manzoor told Kashmir Reader.
Authorities on the other hand claim that they are identifying the land for the rehabilitation of the people. “We are on the job of identification of the land which could be provided to the people. After the land is identified we will submit a proposal to the government after which the land will be provided to the homeless families,” DC Kulgam, Nisar Hussain Wani told Kashmir Reader.
However, people say that there is a huge chunk of state land available in the area which could be provided to them for the construction of houses.
“Government is deliberately not identifying and demarcating the land. If they are serious in our rehabilitation let the DC come and we will show him how much state land is available in the area,” a group of elderly people told Kashmir Reader.