Baramulla: Over 50 houses have been damaged in landslides and flash floods in several areas of this north Kashmir district since Wednesday.
38 houses were damaged in a landslide at village Frasthar but there was no report of any casualty, an official spokesman said.
Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad Shah visited the affected village and met the displaced families and after assessing the damage directed Revenue officials for immediate evacuation and relocation of the affected families to safer places, the spokesman said.
The officials were also directed to establish relief camps for the affected families and Tehsildar Baramulla informed that tents and blankets have already been provided to them, the spokesman added.
In apprehension of more landslides, the deputy commissioner directed the people of the village to restrict their movement as a precautionary measure.
Five houses in ShaledaJan Nowshera and four in Bandi area of Uri were damaged due to shooting stones while two houses were damaged in Malpora Sheeri due to flash floods. Meanwhile, a leopard was also washed away in Uri area and its carcass was later recovered from a stream in Jabla by local police and wildlife officials.
Residents of Khadniyar held a protest against the department of flood control and district administration after water from a nearby stream damaged their residential houses. The protesters including women and children blocked the Srinagar- Muzafarabad highway for hours. Shouting slogans against the administration, the protestors said that five houses were damaged in the village few days ago due to overflowing waters from a nearby stream. Bashir Ahmad, another protester said that three more houses were damaged on Wednesday night as the stream changed its course. “We approached the district administration Baramulla personally but they are not paying any attention,” he said.
Later SHO Baramulla Ayaz Ahmad Geelani and Nayab Tehsildar Manzoor Ahmad reached the spot and assured the protesters that they will forward their complaint to district administration.