JKYF distributes relief among Gurez fire-hit families

Appeals for more succour to affected people

SRINAGAR: J&K Yateem Foundation (JKYF) Bandipora unit distributed relief kits including grocery items and blankets among 33 families comprising more than 250 souls who were recently affected due to massive fire incident at Kilshey Tetri village and two other villages of Tulail in Gurez area along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The villages are situated around 170 kilometres from Srinagar headquarters.
About 68 structures, including 28 residential houses, 10 non-residential houses, 10 cowsheds, one Masjid, two government primary schools and ICDS office building were gutted in a massive blaze in Kilshey Tetri village in the wee hours of October 21.
In addition, five other families were also affected in two separate fire incidents in Shikarigaon and Qureshpora villages in Tulail area during intervening night of 27th & 28th October.
An official statement said an amount of about Rs 50,000 was incurred by the Unit for the arrangement of relief kits. In addition, clothing including sweaters and other woollens donated by philanthropists was also distributed among the affected people.
A team comprising JKYF Secretary Finance Mohammad Rafiq Lone, District Representative JKYF Bandipora Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, Central Executive Committee (CEC) Member Javaid Jawad, District Representative JKYF Baramulla Sheikh Abdul Gani and several other volunteers from Bandipora district visited the affected families and expressed sympathies with the affected people.
The whole area of Tulail and other areas in Gurez almost gets disconnected in December every year for several months due to heavy snowfall and other harsh weather conditions in winter.
Talking to JKYF volunteer team, the affected people appealed the philanthropists and humanitarian groups to take immediate steps to cater to the needs of shelter, fodder for cattle, tin roof sheets; woollen clothes and adequate essentials including rice and household utility items besides books, stationery and other support for the children who lost their schools.
“JKYF plans 2nd consignment of relief items shortly for the affected people in such far flung areas affected by the natural calamity as the approaching winter disconnects the whole Gurez from rest of the valley for several months,” the statement said. “Those who are willing to contribute for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people in Gurez may contact the JKYF Bandipora Unit on contact numbers: +91-9419672444, +91-9906403200 (Whatsapp), +91-7006119896 and email: javaidjawad@rocketmail.com.”