Kupwara bears the brunt of snowfall

Kupwara bears the brunt of snowfall
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Sopore: Blocking access to roads and hospitals and snapping electricity supply, snowfall has brought with it miseries for many in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
There are reports of employees finding it hard to make it to offices on time. The sub-district hospitals of Handwara and Sopore, district hospitals of Baramulla and Kupwara, courts and other administrative offices are either fully or partially non-functional.
“We have been overwhelmed by the latest spell of snow. A medical emergency in our village could have turned into a tragedy had it not been for a collective effort of people of Batagund village in Handwara area,” Hyder Ali, a resident told Kashmir Reader.
“A pregnant lady in our neighbourhood was going through labour pain. With roads blocked, we took her on a horse cart all the way from Batagund village to Sub-district hospital Handwara where she gave birth to a baby boy,” Hyder Ali said while outside the Handwara hospital.
In another village, most electricity lines were snapped during the recent snowfall. Several hamlets and mosques reeled under darkness. “Lack of infrastructure is the reason we are in this situation. The government puts all its focus on Srinagar and other big towns, ignoring the rural areas,” Liyaqat Ahmed, an inhabitant of Qalamchakla village of Kupwara district, said.
Several trees fell down on the roads leading to different villages in the outskirts of Sopore town. They were lying on roads throughout the day and the administration was nowhere to act, said Farooq Ahmad from Dangerpora village.
A senior officer in Kupwara administration, who did not want to be named, told Kashmir Reader that the region was facing a natural calamity. “It takes time to handle the problems. Even we are humans. But I assure you that the administration will try to solve these problems within a couple of days. Every road and link road will be cleared and all electricity lines will be repaired by today evening as our men are already on work,” he said.
When Kashmir Reader tried to contact Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, he did not answer calls.