Stung by last year’s deluge, people say they wont take any chance

Junaid Nabi Bazaz

SRINAGAR: Although water gauge on the Jhelum said otherwise, people were not willing to take a chance this time.
A breach in the banks of the Jhelum’s flood channel created panic in Hamdania colony of Bemina area this morning. The residents either moved to safer places or shifted the household goods to upper stories of the houses.
“I learned a lesson last year. I waited for government announcement then but this time I am not going to take any risk and I am shifting to my relatives place,” a resident of Bemina said.
Several residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas such as Shivpora, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Bemina, Lasjan, Mahjoor Nagar, Natipora, Padshahi Bagh, Indra Nagar, Panthachowk, Batwara, Athwajan said they have shifted goods to upper stories. And, many of them said they will move to safer places.
“I have a single story house. Last year, my entire household goods were wrecked in the flood. I have moved whatever I could retrieve to the slab of the house. Who knows what will happen?” said Mohammad Amin, a resident of Mehboob Colony, Naik Bagh.
Water logging at several places in the city, especially Lal Chowk, created panic among the shopkeepers, many of whom shifted their stock to safe places.
“I am yet to recover from the loss caused by the flood last year. I don’t trust the government which says that it is monitoring the situation. The state government was saying the same thing last year. What did it do when the flood came?” said Ghulam Nabi, who owns a cloth shop at Lal Chowk.
“I have shifted my entire stock to a friend’s place,” he said.
About 221 families whose houses were damaged by landslides and soil erosion from about 20 areas of Budgam district had been shifted to safer places, agriculture minister Ghulam Nabi Lone told the assembly on Sunday.
“Out of 221 families, 99 families have been provided with tents, 58 families have been shifted to Government buildings and 64 families have shifted to their relatives,” Lone said.
In Baramulla district, scores of families from Frasthar, Chandosa, Wahiduna, ShimLarn, Patchhar, Katyanwali, Gohan, Taripora, Latifabad, Kawhar Bla- Payeen and Dangarpora migrated to safer areas.
In Rafiabad, water level in a few local water bodies crossed the danger level. In some areas, rainwater has entered many villages which forced the villagers to flee to safer places.
At Uri, the water level of the local streams was nearing danger mark. This has caused landslides and blocked the Rampora and Bandi road for some time. Traffic on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was also suspended.
Relief and rehabilitation minister Basharat Bukhari told the assembly that incessant rains have created a flood-like situation in various areas of Baramulla district.
He said in Pattan, due to overflowing of Ferazpora Nallah, water has entered villages which include Aarampora, Habak Tangoo, Bonechakal, Shale-Bone, Ghund Khwaja-Qasim, Matipora and Trikolbat.
He said that in Aarampora, boats have been sent for carrying out rescue measures.
He said flood like situation has also arisen in Trikolbal village but the situation is under control. Meanwhile, 51000 sand bags have been arranged and distributed in different units for flood control measures and more sand bags have been arranged to tackle the situation.
In Sangrama constituency flood water have entered in villages Alibagh, Haigam Radigam, Haretar, Puthhah. Moreover, due to overflowing of water in Nallah Ningle, Trafffic on Shrakwara Wagoora portion of Wagoora Putkha road has been stopped. Similarly, traffic has been temporally stopped near Mir Mohallah Wagoora where diversion of road has got damaged.
In Baramulla constituency a flash floods occurred and water entered in village Gutiyar, Khwajabagh, Noor Bagh but the nallah was cleared and water level receded. Due to rains water has over flowed at different places of the National Highway.
The minister said that in Rafiabad flood water entered in Nowpora, Nadihal Chijhama, Ladoora but situation is not worse. In village Vullarhama Rohama, 11 families have been shifted to safer places, while as in Dhobi Mohalla Dangiwacha one family has shifted to safer place.
In Gulmarg constituency, seven families have shifted to safer places in Teran village, while traffic has been stopped on Kunzer Bridge.