Baramulla: Dozens of villages in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district remained cut-off as massive landslides hit the roads connecting the hamlets with the outer world. Villagers from Uri, Kandi, Tangmarg and Rafiabad areas said that they remained completely cutoff from the tehsil and district headquarters after landslides hit the roads. They said several areas were still submerged in the flood and rain water.
Reports from the border town of Uri said that road from Red bridge to Gowalta, Salambad to Dardkote, Salambad to Gohalan, Uri to Hajipeer, Uri to Churanda, Uri To Tilawari, Lagama to Garkote, Uri to Kandikaller, Tarkangan to Dudran, Bonyar to Banali, Tarkanjan to Madanan, Bonyar to Barnate, Limber to Babgale, Chandanwari to Salambad Dachna, National Highway to Upper Mohra, Uri to Balkote and Uri to Sukdar were completely or partially damaged due to landslides and sinking of earth.
However Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) Gulam Mohammad Bhat said that men and machinery were in service and hoped the roadlinks would be through very soon.
Reports from the Kandi area of Baramulla said that Baramulla Baba Reshi road that connects large number of villages with Baramulla are continuously cutoff after landslides near Katyanwali, Gohan, Chardari and Sultanpora areas. The upper belt of Rafiabad including Braman, Panzla, Dogripora, Shalkote and other villages were also disconnected after landslides hit the roads. The reports from Pattan area of district said that several villages were under flood water of nearby streams while as over a dozen houses received cracks in Kanloo Pattan after landslides hit the area.
Meanwhile, the district development commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash convened the meeting of officers on Saturday to review the situation. The meeting was attended by Joint Director Planning, Abdul Gani Malik, Executive Engineer Flood Control, Irrigation, Hydrologic, R&B, Power Department SDMs of Pattan and Sopore, officers from revenue, horticulture , agriculture and other departments.
The DDC was briefed about the measures being taken up in the district to tackle water logging and preparedness to deal with any kind of emergency. It was given out that I&FC department has already deployed its men and machinery in the district and sandbags have been ready for any urgency. Various residential houses were damaged in the district due to landslides. The DC informed by the power department that 95 percent power supply has been restored in the district.
On the occasion, DC issued necessary directions to the concerned departments to submit the damaged infrastructure reports including transformers, PHE schemes and other government property to this office for submission to SDRF.