Landslide-hit families of north Kashmir await rehabilitation

Baramulla: The landslide-hit families in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have been awaiting rehabilitation, even as the fresh rainfall on Friday created a fear of more natural mishaps among the villagers.
Latifabad village situated among forests and hills, at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Chandoosa, Baramulla, recently witnessed a landslide that affected 35 families and damaged 10 houses.
The families have been struggling to find shelter, while the authorities visited them and did nothing to for their rehabilitation.
The locals said deputy commissioner, Baramulla, also visited the affected families.
“But she didn’t have much to offer to the families desperately in need of help,” a group of villagers said.
A few of the affected families have taken shelter in a local school, while the others have no choice but to stay in tents.
Manzoor Ahmad Beigh, a resident of Latifabad, who lost his house in the landslide, said: “The administration us done nothing for us so far.”
Beigh has been living with his family in a tent.
He said the affected families don’t even have enough food available to them.
The villagers fear they may have to witness more landslides or flash-floods due to the rainfall occurring intermittently since last week.
“We fear that if something bad happens, we may find no one coming to our help. There seems no plan for our rescue or rehabilitation in case of another landslide,” the villagers said.
The victims of landslides in Baramulla’s Uri and Rajpora areas and in Kupwara district have been surviving under distressing similar condition. Most of them are either living in tents or with their relatives.