Mushtaq Ahmad/Nayeem Rather
Ledan: Six more bodies were recovered from the debris of a house buried by a landslide in Ledan village of Budgam district on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the tragedy to 15. Body of one more person, trapped in the debris and feared dead, is yet to be recovered.
Sixteen members of two families were buried alive in the house of Mohammad Shaban Hajam on Monday morning. The dead included five members of Ghulam Nabi Hajam who had shifted into Shaban’s family of 11 members after fearing their own had become unsafe due to sinking of the earth beneath.
The dead include nine women, six men and a 22-day-old baby.
Budgam deputy commissioner Mir Altaf Ahmad had said on Monday that chances of survival of the trapped persons was bleak. Nine bodies had been recovered by officials and the local villagers on Monday.
On Tuesday, 10 families were evacuated from Wani Mohalla in Ledan, which is landslide prone. On Monday, several villages adjoining Ledan such as Nilnag, Nagbal, Watkul, the administration claimed 211 families have been evacuated from the landslide prone villages and have been provided 99 makeshift tents besides food and medicines.
“We have set up tents in the Chrar Sharif for the families and they are being looked after there. They will remain in the tents till the situation normalizes,” the DC had said.
Landslides have been reported from Khansahib, Kremshore, Chrar town, Gorwait, Nil Nag, Sitaharan and some other areas of Budgam district.
Landslides create havoc in Baramulla At least 200 families in Baramulla have been affected due to landslides, which damaged, completely, 36 houses, 25 cowsheds and 20 other structures, while at least 100 houses and 30 other structures were damaged partially during the past week.
Dozens of houses suffered extensive damages in Frasthar, Kawhar, Katyanwali, Wahiduna, Kachwamuqam, Khadniyar, ShimLarn areas of Kandi and Shrakwara Baramulla, and Bramhan areas of Rafiabad, while 70 houses and 25 other structures were partially damaged in these areas.
Tehsildar Baramulla Nazir Ahmad Shah said scores of families from Kandi and Rafiabad areas have been shifted to schools, panchayat buildings, and have been provided tents, kitchen kits, rice, sugar and other eatables.
Officials say that 1,000 kanals of agriculture and horticulture farms have been damaged in Kandi and Narvaw areas due to landslides. Landslides have also hit local streams, canals and bunds.
Landslide alert in Shopian
Weatherman’s warning that it will rain for the next three days has prompted officials to ask people living in hilly areas of Shopian, such as Keller, Zampatheri, Phalipora, Dunaroo, Bataphogen, Mujpatheri, Kreachipathri, Heerpora Duchana, Ringward, Devpora, Kathuhallan, Shahlatoo to remain vigilant and move to safer areas in case of any apprehension of landslides, land slips and land erosion.
15 families shifted to safer places in Ganderbal
Six families from Anderwan, Yarmuqam in Lar and seven families from Kondbal in Manasbal areas of Ganderbal district were shifted to safer locations after authorities feared landslides in these areas. Tehsildar Lar Dr Nazir Ahmad SHO Lar Imtiyaz Ahmad visited these areas and from district administration visited the area to take stock of the situation.
Sopore and Pattan areas submerged
More than two dozen villages and mohallas in Sopore and Pattan such as Alsafa Colony, Maharaj Pora and Gousia Colony have been waterlogged for the past several days.
Riyaz Ahmad Shah of Ahmadpora Pattan said about two dozen villages were without drinking water because water supply schemes have gone bust after rains.
The residents of Chandosa, Katyanwali, Gohan and other areas of Baramulla said that landslides damaged the water supply of these areas.
With inputs by Sheikh Anees from Kangan