22 families evacuated from risky area in Ganderbal

22 families evacuated from risky area in Ganderbal
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Snow piled up on PHC building falls upon houses of police constables

Srinagar/ Kangan: Police evacuated 22 families from an avalanche-prone area in Gund in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district to safer places after heavy snowfall on Thursday. In Kangan area of the district, families of two police constables had a narrow escape after snow accumulated on the roof of a nearby building fell upon their houses.
A police official told Kashmir Reader that in view of the heavy snowfall and apprehension of snow avalanche at Khan Mohalla in Gund area, police evacuated under the supervision of SDPO Kangan Tahir Ahmad 22 families, consisting of 124 members, to safer locations.
He said that the affected families were shifted to a nearby village.
Meanwhile, the SDM Kangan issued an advisory which said that all vehicles moving on the road from Kangan to Gagangeer, from Kangan to Wangth Narnanagh and to Chatergul should carry anti-skit chain kits in their vehicles.
He further advised people to not venture out in avalanche-prone areas.
In Hariganiwan area of Kangan, families of two JK Police constables had a narrow escape after a heavy mass of snow fell upon their houses from the rooftop of the nearby Public Health Centre (PHC) building.
Reports said that families of constables Mohammad Farooq Sheikh and Ghulam Rubani Chohan were in their kitchen when the accumulated snow on the rooftop of PHC Hariganiwan fell upon their houses.
Eyewitnesses said that the mass of snow crashed upon their house wall and came to rest just inches from their kitchen.
“It was pretty scary. There was a loud noise and I immediately began calling out loudly to my family. I saw an avalanche of snow rolling from the rooftop of the hospital building and crashing into our boundary wall,” said a family member of Farooq Ahmed.
A police official while confirming the incident said that the boundary wall of the house of Farooq was damaged in the incident.
He said the family members of both the constables escaped unhurt in the incident and have been shifted to safer locations.