Landslides kill 2, 5 feared dead

Landslides kill 2, 5 feared dead

Srinagar: Two members of a family died and five others are feared dead after a house collapsed due to heavy rains in a Doda village, while divisional commissioner Kashmir issued avalanche alert for several districts in the Valley.
“The house of Jodh Ram, a resident of Diwalkund in Dessa belt of the district, collapsed today because of heavy rains in the area,” Doda senior superintendent of police Javed Naseeb Manhas told Kashmir Reader.
Bodies of Sushma Devi and Anjna Devi have been recovered, Manhas said. Efforts are on to retrieve the bodies of five others who are also feared dead, he said.
Heavy downpour during the preceding night in Baramulla district damaged four houses.
The downpour forced hundreds of families in the village to abandon their homes for safer places, reports said.
Flash floods, reports said, washed away three small bridges in Pringal and Shahkote areas.
Although the flood threat has subsided and weather remained dry in the Valley, divisional commissioner Kashmir asked deputy commissioners of Kulgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts to advise people to avoid venturing into avalanche-prone areas till Saturday.
In case of snowfall, the people are advised to temporarily vacate such risky zones. The deputy commissioners concerned have been asked to take all precautionary measures so as to avert any untoward incident.
In Budgam, where a landslide buried a house killing 16 members of two families, the deputy commissioner chaired a meeting that was told that 88 out of 500 villages in Chrar and Chadoora tehsils faced threat of landslides.
The DC told the meeting temporary camps have been set up in various government institutions and other available buildings at Nagam, Lolipora, Chrar-i-Sharief, Bemina, Waterhaul and Pakherpora for people displaced from landslide-prone areas.
In Ramwari, Gund area of Ganderbal district, people said sinking earth caused cracks in three residential houses and a cowshed. Abdul Rashid Lone, whose house was damaged, said the cracks have developed in the earth at several places.
All affected families have been provided temporary shelter at the nearby government school. (Mushtaq Ahmad from Baramulla and Sheikh Anees from Kangan contributed towards the report)