Hundreds of families shifted to safer places

ANANTNAG/Ganderbal/Budgam: At least one hundred seventy nine families were shifted to safer places from different land slide prone areas of southern Anantnag and Kulgam districts. In Anantnag district around one hundred families have been evacuated while in district Kulgam at least seventy two families were shifted to safety from different landslide prone areas. “Barring Pahalgam the families have been shifted from almost
all the hilly areas including Kokernag, Shangas and Qazigund,” said deputy commissioner Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Khan. He said that in Anantnag town six families have also been shifted to high ground area.
“The evacuated families have been provided accomodation either in government buildings or in the houses of their neighbors. The houses where the evacuated families have been provided accommodation will be paid proper rent,” DC said. He said that besides blankets the families were provided 20 kgs free ration each. “Most of the families were shifted as a precautionary measure while as six houses suffered complete or partial damage,” DC said.
Reports reaching from Kulgam said that seventy two families were shifted from different landslide prone areas. Additional deputy commissioner, Kulgam, Ahsan Ahmad said that the families have been shifted from DH Pora, Divsar and Qazigund areas of the district.
“Thirty six families whose houses suffered damage have been provided accommodation in schools and other government buildings while as rest
of the families who were shifted as a precautionary measure were adjusted in the houses of their neighbors and relatives,” ADC said. He said that the affected families have been provided all the necessary relief.

In Budgam district, three hundred families were evacuated from various villages even as the affected accused the district administration of failing to provide them food and medicines.
DC Budgam, Mir Altaf while denying the allegations said that a total of 630 families were evacuated in last three days from around 50 villages. Today 300 families were evacuated 250 from Surasyar and Brinjan villages, he said.
“The administration is evacuating the people and has provided food, tents and medicines to the victims,” he said.
Giving details, he said, “we have set up relief camps in these areas and have provided 50 tents the people affected by the landslides,” he claimed.
However, the people said the administration has miserably failed to handle the situation.
“The police comes and asks the people to leave. But where will we go? There are no arrangements for us. We have to spend the night under the open sky and with an empty stomach,” Abdul Majeed Kuchay a local told Kashmir Reader.
Mymoonah Bano a mother of four said the children are hungry and there is no food for them. We have been deceived by the government” she added.
The locals claim that except for Khansahab Police, no government official visited them, let alone the rescue teams. “The government claims that rescue teams are in full action, but we have not seen them. We ourselves came to our rescue. We have been left on our own,” Bashir Ahmed Mir a victim said.
The villagers of the Arigam have placed the people of the landslide hit areas in the Panchayat building and local school and have started a community kitchen for them.
“We can’t wait for the government. It is not reliable. These are our brothers and we will help
them, ” said Muneer Ahmed a local volunteer of Arigam village.
According to the DC office Budgam, fresh landslides have occurred forcing the people to flee. The villages of Frastwad Khansahab, Nouraz Baba Khag, Nagbal, and Nilnag have been worst hit.
So far, according to DC Budgam, 52, 10, 4, 30 families have been evacuated from the villages of Frastwad, Nouraz Baba, Nagbal and Nilnag respectively. Fresh land sliding has occurred in the villages of Gorwait, Basant Woder, Kaitch , Beeru, Raithan, Gondipora in the Budgam district and many roads have been blocked.
A dozen houses have been damaged partially by the landslides in the Fraswad village and two houses of Qasim Awan and Nazir Kuchay damaged in the Shalnad village. No damage of houses has been reported from other a when reports last came in.

The police and the civil administration Wednesday evacuated ten families from landslide prone areas of Fraw, Ganiwan Kacthpatri, Babanagri, Mongham chutrugal, and Margund, and shifted them to safer places.
SDM Kangan Gulam Ahmad Said “Police and civil administration is closely monitoring the situation in the area. The affected families have been safely shifted from vulnerable areas,” he said adding adequate arrangements have been made for them.
He said administration has decided to keep the affected families in shelters because of continuous threat of landslides and prediction of more rainfall in coming days.
“All the affected families have been provided temporary shelter in nearby government schools of there area’s,”SDM said.
Meanwhile, District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal Showkat Ajaz visited many areas to take stock of the situation and assured every possible help to the effected families. All the Tehsildar’s of the district were also directed to inform people to take all precautions measures.