Landslide-hit Bla village decries official apathy

Landslide-hit Bla village decries official apathy

Baramulla: More than a week has passed since the landslides hit and damaged all the residential houses in the Banger village of Gohan area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the government has taken no measures to rehabilitate the affected families, the residents said.
The village in the Kandi belt of the district comprising of only twelve houses was hit by landslides that damaged almost all the structures there. “Except for a police team, no one has visited us so far,” Bashir Ahmad, a local, told Kashmir Reader.
“All the 12 houses were either partially or completely damaged after the landslides hit the village last week bus so far no measures have been taken to help us. We are living in makeshift tents which we erected ourselves,” he added.
The residents of the village said that they approached the authorities of the district administration but no one paid a visited so far. “A police party that visited us assured that they will inform the concerned authorities but nothing has happened so far,” the aggrieved residents added.
“The district administration distributed tents and other relief items among the victims in every village, but they seem to have forgotten us,” Mohammad Yaseen, another resident of the village, said.
Gohan village is just one kilometer away from our village, they have been provided with the relief material but we have been left on the mercy of God, he added.
“Most of the families are living under open sky,” he added.
When contacted, tehsildar Baramulla, Nazir Ahmad said that the district administration has reached almost all the affected areas and distributed tents and other relief material among the victims.
“Still, I will send an official to the village to assess the situation. As soon as I get the report, the affected will be accordingly attended,” he added.