Residents of Uri hamlet in fear as water level in nearby stream rises

SRINAGAR: Scores of inhabitants in one of the remote hamlets of north Kashmir’s Uri are living on the edge as the water stream, passing nearby, is witnessing a sudden increase in its water level.
Locals said the Nala Hapatkhay changed its course last year in flash floods, washing away patches of land and coming too close to the residential area.“Now the stream is running too close to our houses. We fear it will wash away our houses any time. Several houses have already developed cracks,” said Syed Showkat, a resident.
There are several families who have started evacuating their houses and taking shelter in safe areas.
Locals said they several times approached the flood control department for dredging of the stream so that the threat perception which looms large could somehow be minimized. “The department, till date has done nothing,” locals said.
Meanwhile, when contacted executive engineer flood control department Uri Ghulam Hassan Gojri told Kashmir Reader that the construction work of bund will be started soon and that due to the paucity of funds, the work was earlier halted. “Now we have received funds and we will start working on the project very soon,” h e said.

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