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Kupwara floods: 336 families relocated to safer places

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Five villages fully inundated at Handwara

By: Wasim Majnoon Mir

Kupwara: The water level has crossed the danger mark and floods stand notified by the concerned Executive Engineers Irrigation and Flood Control in their respective jurisdictions, officials said Monday.

They said that as many as 336 families from  the flood-affected areas of  Kupwara district have been relocated to safer places by District Administration.

“198 families have been evacuated from Handwara tehsil alone. 51 villages of the district have been partly inundated and five villages of Handwara have been fully inundated  by the floods,” they said.

Notably, floods have damaged some major infrastructure assets which include Shumriyal Bridge, Khumryal Bridge(side walls), Shatmuqam bridge, Sohipora- Hayhama bridge, Farkyan bridge, Shumryal- Gundajhanger road, two RDD buildings at Kupwara and AD Handicrafts office building. A breach in Doban Kachama dam. Besides,  Sopore Kupwara highway was closed as the road got inundated  at Kawari.

Meanwhile, all the border roads have been closed due to fresh snowfall and avalanche threat.

District Administration has said that there is no need to panic as men and machinery have been pressed in to take necessary rescue, relief and restoration measures. Water level is continuously monitored and evacuation measures are underway in the flood prone areas.

“21 Shelter homes have been established across the District. The general Public has been advised to approach District Control Room headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner Revenue and Tehsil Level control Rooms, headed by the concerned Tehsildars, for any assistance,” the officials added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Ayushi Sudan directed for immediate restoration measures to connect Shumryal and Gundjahanger villages.

She was accompanied by other officers, during the day undertook extensive tour of the affected areas, where she took stock of flood situation and directed concerned to focus on evacuation measures so that lives are saved.

Later on, she took review of the flood situation in a meeting of District Disaster Management Authority and passed directions to all the concerned involved in the rescue, relief and restoration works.

The DC urged the residents not to venture close to water bodies and Nallas and co-operate with the District Administration.

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