Windstorm, rain damage houses, orchards in south Kashmir

Windstorm, rain damage houses, orchards in south Kashmir
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Anantnag: At least fifty structures including houses and cowsheds were damaged and dozens of trees were uprooted as incessant rains coupled with a wind and hail storm wrecked havoc in parts of southern Kashmir, particularly the Anantnag district.
There have, however, been no reports of loss of life or injuries to anybody.
The worst affected has been Kokernag area of the district where around 35 houses have suffered partial damage, and more than 40 trees have been uprooted.
Rains have lashed the valley since last night. In Anantnag and some parts of Kulgam district the rains have been accompanied with strong winds causing damage.
The worst affected areas have been Srigufwara, Seer Hamdan, Mattan, Akoora, Shangus, Achabal, Dooru, Verinag and other areas of Anantnag district. In Kulgam district the damage has been caused in a few villages in Qazigund belt.
Inclement weather persisted throughout the day on Friday in most parts causing substantial damage.
As per reports orchards have incurred heavy losses.
As senior official in Anantnag district administration told Kashmir Reader that the quantum of losses will be assessed and a detailed report will be compiled in the coming days.
“Teams have been sent out and it might take a day or two to assess the full extent of damages caused,” the official said.
He said that emergency teams have also been sent out to clear roads blocked by fallen trees and to help the people with any other emergency.
Kulgam Deputy Commissioner, Sajjad Hussain, said the damage in his jurisdiction has not been heavy.
“A couple of villages have been affected and we have sent out teams to assess the damage,” he said.