Budgam: Dozens of families had a narrow escape in Beerwah town of Budgam district after a severe thunderstorm damaged at least 30 houses, uprooted many trees, disrupted power supply and blocked roads, within a span of less than an hour.
Sub District Magistrate Beerwah Abdul Majeed Lone said that at about 2pm, it started raining in the town, followed by thunderstorm and gusty winds.
“The storm continued for almost half an hour and created havoc in the town,” he said. “Till now, the reports we received reveal that almost thirty houses, the BDO office, and several cowsheds have been damaged.”
He added, “Hundreds of trees including walnut trees were uprooted due to the fast winds.”
“The winds blew off the rooftops of dozens of houses in the town and damaged the interiors of these houses. Dozens of houses collapsed after trees or heavy branches fell down on them,” Lone said.
Power supply was disconnected in the entire town and adjoining areas. At several places, uprooted walnut trees had blocked roads. Locals while talking to Kashmir Reader said that the intensity of winds was such that they ran for their lives, leaving everything midway.
Abdul Majeed Ganie, a resident of Dobi-Mohalla Beerwah, described, “We were taking shelter inside home when a branch of a Chinar fell on top of our two-storey house. It damaged the house completely.”
“Even though we are safe but we had a narrow escape,” he said, adding that the house and other belongings were damaged completely.
Officials from the power development department said that transmission lines suffered heavy damage with dozens of poles broken apart after trees fell on the wires.
They said it will take almost three days to restore power supply to the affected areas.