Flash floods wreak havoc in B’la

Baramulla: Several bridges and water schemes were damaged by landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy overnight rains in Baramulla district, while tens of hundreds of people moved to safer places from vulnerable areas.
At least six water schemes along Drang road in Tangmarg were damaged after being hit by landslides triggered by flash floodsalong Drang road in Tangmarg were damaged by landslides triggered by flashfloods, affecting water supply to scores of villages.
The road itself was damaged at eight places. The roaring waters in the largest stream in the area, Ferozpora Nallah, was high.
A makeshift bridge that connects Drang village with the rest of Tangmarg was washed away by flood waters during night. The people of the area said they have to walk 3 kilometres to Tangmarg town for buying essentials.
A bridge each was damaged in Shrakwara and Fathegrah areas of the district by flash floods in local streams. The residents said that these bridges had been constructed recently.
Traffic remained suspended on Srinagar-Baramulla highway after it was submerged by overflowing water from Ferozpora Nallah.
“We received information about overflowing Ferozpora and other streams that had damaged roads in some areas like Ogmuna link road. To prevent damages in low-lying areas, the machinery has been put in place to divert the flood water to a nearby flood channel,” said sub-district magistrate Tangmarg Sheikh Abdul Qayoom.
Additional deputy commsioner Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Khan, accompanied by many senior officers, visited many affected areas in Sopore, Pattan and Baramulla.
Many families were evacuated from inundated villages of Panzipora, Haritaar, Rakhi-Hygam, Alibagh, Trikulbul, Hanjivera and Agrikalan villages.
The ADC said the administration was fully prepared to tackle the situation, adding an adequate stock of tents and blankets have been kept on the standby.