Flash floods take out bridges, damage houses, crops

Flash floods take out bridges, damage houses, crops

Streets in Sedow turned into streams after cloudburst

Shopian: A cloud burst in Sedow area on Sunday damaged an orchard while floods resulting from the cloudburst damaged residential properties and bridges. Homes were flooded and streets turned into streams, villagers said.
The cloud burst damaged three bridges on Wadji-Nala, besides hundreds of apple orchards in Sedow, Vehil, Shamsipora, Chek-Kachdora and adjoining villages of district Shopian.
Several villagers in Sedow, Vehil and Cachdora reported that water entered their homes, causing panic in the area.
“We were panicked when flood water entered our villages and flowed into homes,” Muhammad Suhail, a Vehil villager said.
Aqib Ganie, a resident of Shamsipora told Kashmir Reader that timely rescue of nomads resulted in saving dozens of human lives.
Villagers added that people were scared and raised alarm as they hadn’t seen floods like this before. “We haven’t seen floods like this even in 2014. Women and children were screaming on seeing the pace at which waters moved through streets and entered homes,” said Muhammad Aqib. “Crops and bridges were badly damaged due to the floods.” Residents of Shamsipora, Vehil and Kachdora villages told Kashmir Reader that hundreds of apple orchards were damaged due to the flash floods. At some places, orchards were washed out.
“The spot where the cloud burst hit the crchard at Sedow village has been fully washed out,” Ghulam Muhammad Mir, a resident of Sedow village said. “The orchard belongs to Abdul Rasheed of Sedow.”
Deputy commissioner Shopian, Muhammad Ahsan, told Kashmir Reader that he visited the area and took stock of the situation. “There was no loss of life, but crops and orchards have been damaged and water has entered two residential houses,” he said.
He added that under SDRF scheme, compensation would be given to the people whose crops or properties were damaged due to flash floods.



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