SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Saturday expressed his regret and anguish over the plight of victims of recent cloudburst-hit areas of central Kashmir’s Kangan area.
He was on a visit to several areas including Kulan, Gund areas in the Ganderbal district were hit by a cloudburst on July 17 killing four people and destroying about four dozen residential houses.
“Providing relief to these affected brothers is our moral and religious duty,” Malik, according to a statement, said while ad-dressing a gathering at Kulan.
According to the statement, Malik along with a party delegation met with the victims’ families and others and expressed solidar-ity and sympathies with them.
He, as per the statement, also distributed cash, food items, warm blankets, polythene and thermo-cool sheets and other necessary relief items among them, he said.
Malik while talking to the residents of the area said that his party will “do everything possible to help the victims.”
“Stopping natural calamity is not in our hands but reaching out to the affected people, providing them necessary relief and trying to uplift them is our religious, national and moral duty.”
“Malik was told that after the cloud burst, it is only local youth and elders who voluntarily helped the affected people. People said that so-called government has only provided some kilograms of rice to the affected and has done nothing without this till date,” the statement said
According to the statement, the locals also told Malik that magnitude of the natural calamity was such that besides devastating more than 40 residential houses, it totally wiped out the local graveyard.
On the occasion JKLF chairman appealed locals and wealthy people to support these victims of natural calamity, the statement read.