Baramulla: Three children were injured in a house collapse, while dozens of houses have been damaged in some areas of Baramulla and Kupwara districts due to land erosion triggered by heavy rains during the past week.
Five houses suffered extensive damage due to land erosion in Rajpora village of Baramulla on Sunday, day after landslides triggered by rains buried six houses in neighbouring Latifabad village.
Local residents fear that about a dozen houses and a mosque in Rajpora village are at the risk of meeting the same fate if rains continue.
The affected families were sheltered in the local government school, while some families moved to other villages. About six houses suffered minor damages in some villages of Uri.
Three children were reportedly injured in Zangam village of Patten when a house (owned by Abdul Majeed Ganie) collapsed due to land erosion.
Land erosion caused damage to dozens of houses in Dardpora, Keran, Kalaroos areas of Kupwara district.
Traffic was disrupted on Baramulla-Uri, Kupwara-Tanghdar
Kupwara-Machil-Kalaroos-Keran and a few roads in Rafiabad, Handwara and Bandipora because of landslides. Some of these roads were cleared of the blockages by authorities later.
Two cows and a calf died after a landslide buried a cowshed in Songargund area of Awantipora on Sunday. The cowshed belongs to Manzoor Ahmad Shah, whose house wall also damaged.
On Sunday, Gulmarg, Tangmarg, Babareshi, Uri, Keran, Kupwara, Machil, Tanghdar and Gurez received fresh snowfall amid rains in plains.
An avalanche warning was issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, advising people not to venture in these areas over the next 48 hours.
An advisory was issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), which comes under the Ministry of Defence, here.
‘Medium danger’ avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas above 3,000 metres altitude of Kupwara, Baramula, Bandipur, Kargil and Gandarbal districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.
Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for fourth day
The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for traffic for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday even as operations to clear the debris from landslides were underway for the second day.
“The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which was closed on Thursday due to massive landslides triggered by heavy rains at several places along the highway, continues to remain closed for the fourth day today,” SSP Traffic (highway) Sanjay Kotwal told PTI.
He said several trucks and passengers vehicles, were stranded at different places on the 300-km long highway.
With improvement in the weather, the operation to clear debris has started, Kotwal said, adding, “a large stretch of the road between Ramban and Panthal has started caving in, creating more problems.”
“No new vehicles would be allowed to ply on the highway until the entire stretch has been cleared and becomes safe for traffic,” he said.
The Batote-Doda National Highway also continues to remain closed for vehicular traffic for the fourth day today, Kotwal said.