Mansoor seeks financial assistance for orchardists affected by windstorm

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SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) general secretary Mansoor Hussain Soharwardhy on Saturday expressed deep concern over the massive damage caused to the residential houses and orchards in Kashmir Valley due to windstorm and rainfall in the region.
In a statement issued here, Mansoor said the losses faced by orchardists in Kashmir are massive and the south Kashmir region including the Shangus constituency remained worst affected wherein the damage caused to residential houses are hundreds in number.
He said the fruit growers have been bearing the brunt of “untimely” rainfalls and windstorm in Kashmir Valley since past several years and that the recent heavy downpour and windstorms have only dashed the hopes of the profitable harvest for the orchardists.
Mansoor said the areas wherein heavy damage to private property has been witnessed in Shangus constituency are Devipora, Hardtooru, Sansooma, Uttrsoo, Wangam, Shangus, Andoo, Ranipora, CS Pora, Achabal, Issus, and Tenvun.
Asking the government to take immediate measures for the mitigation of the losses suffered by people, Mansoor appealed the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to direct the local administration so that the damages caused by the windstorm to residential houses and orchards could be assessed and financial assistance to the affected people could be provided at an earliest.`