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Series of cloudbursts create fear and panic in Kangan

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By: Javeed Shah VOV


Several cloudbursts and heavy rains have left a lot of destruction behind in the upper reaches of Kangan as the flash flood like situation has damaged roads, houses and standing crops.

The panic and fear among the people living in these villages is writ large as many of them have lost not only their houses but also their belongings.

There has been damage to the standing crops in the many areas as the cloudbursts have damaged the agriculture fields also.

According to KNT while reporting the cloudbursts in the Kangan area it has said in its report, cloud bursts at few places in upper reaches of Central Kashmir’s Kangan villages have damaged roads, houses and crops.

Locals said that cloud bursts occurred in Bagh Pati Surfraw, Sumbal Bala Gund, Dard Wuddar and Yachhama villages of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district late Sunday night. Interestingly, before the cloud burst, Sumbal Balagund was hit by a mudslide but the men from Borders Road Organization had cleared the road during the day.

Property and farm land suffered partial damage in Sumbal Bala Gund, Dard Wuddar and Yachhama villages due to cloud burst, but at Bagh Pati Surfraw cloud burst triggered flash floods damaging roads and farm land. Water even entered some houses while a brick factory also suffered damage.

A team led by Sub-Divisional Kangan Hakim Tanvir, Tehsildar Gund Fariduddin Kathana, Naib Tehsildar Gund Muhammad Maqbool and other officials visited the affected areas to assess the situation.

Sub-Divisional Kangan Hakim Tanvir told news agency Kashmir News Trust that a link road connecting Ganewan and Sumbal has been damaged and efforts are on to restore this road. He said crops on farm land comprising 150 kanals have been damaged while a brick factory too has sustained losses.

“We are assessing the losses and affected people will be compensated,” he told KNT.

With inputs from KNT

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