Land sinking: Uri residents demand evacuation to safer places

Land sinking: Uri residents demand evacuation to safer places

By Idrees Bukhtiyar

Uri: Residents of Gawaltan village located close to Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Uri town have demanded the local administration to evacuate them to safer places as their houses usually get hit by landslides triggered by the rains and snow.
The locals said there are at least 40 residential houses which are on the verge of devastation due to soil erosion and landslides.
“When it rains or snow, the land starts sinking. The conditions here are worsening day by day. A number of residential houses have been damaged and many others have been cracked,” said a delegation of locals.
They demanded that they should be shifted to safer places as landslides pose risk to their lives.
According to locals, one residential house was completely damaged and six others got cracked in the recent landslides caused by heavy rains.
Sarpanch of Gawaltan village, Nadeem Akbar Abbasi said the villagers are living under continuous threat and the authorities were doing little to mitigate their sufferings.
“I along with other residents of the village many a times met the officials of the local administration in Uri. But it seems that they have turned a blind eye to our issues,” Abbasi alleged.
When contacted, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri, Showkat Ahmad Rather said they will do their best to reduce the sufferings of the villagers.
“We have shifted some families to a nearby school whose houses have got major damage. We have also written a letter to the district administration for the relief and rehabilitation of the villagers,” he said.

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