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Flashfloods, windstorm wreak havoc across Kashmir


3 killed, six injured due to gusty winds, cloudbursts
Water level in Jhelum crosses alarm mark, receding
Damage several bridges, livestock perishes

June 13, 2019 | BK CORRESPONDENT/SRINAGAR

Incessant overnight rains, thunderstorms and flashfloods triggered havoc across Kashmir on Wednesday with the water level at Jhelum breaching the flood alarm mark, even as three people were killed in rain-related incidents in past 24 hours.
Officials said two women were killed in Chandaji village of Bandipora district in north Kashmir after a tree fell on them following a windstorm in the area on Tuesday night. The deceased have been identified as Mubeena Bano, 18, daughter of Zakir Hussain Khan and Shareefa Begum, 33, wife of Arif Hussain Khan. Both the deceased were residents of Chandaji.
Officials said the victims had gone to Babrie Walla Uraniya Behak to graze their cattle last evening when strong winds uprooted a tree which fell on them, resulting in their on-spot death.
A 41-year-old man was killed and two others injured after a tree uprooted by strong winds fell on their tent in a forest area in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday.
Mohammad Yousuf Kalada (41), son of Abdul Gani Kalada, a resident of Rajouri was killed at Ramwari in Gund tehsil when a tree uprooted by gusty winds fell on his makeshift tent.
Two of his relatives, identified as Ghulam Haider (33) son of Dawood and Abdul Latif (31) son of Mehmood, both residents of Rajouri, were injured.
In a related incident, four persons were injured after cloudburst hit Naidkhai village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday afternoon. Officials said four people working in their paddy field were injured after a cloudburst hit Poshwari village. “They fell unconscious after the cloudburst hit the paddy fields. They have been shifted to JVC Bemina for treatment,” the official said.
The injured persons were identified as Irfan Ahmad Wani (26) son of Ab Rashid Wani, Javid Ahmad Wani (28) son of Ab Rashid Wani, Masrat Begum (45) wife of Abdul Rashid Wani and Tahira Begum (32) wife of Manzoor Ahmad Wani – all residents of Poshwari Naidkhai.
Flash floods damaged a vital bridge in Tangmarg and inundated several villages in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday night.
Reports said the floods damaged the approaches to Shrai bridge on Ferozpora nallah at Chandil-Wanigam road in Tangmarg, cutting off dozens of villages. They said that the flood waters entered several villages in Pattan, including Khore, Sherabad and Hanjivera.
Locals said that the flood waters have submerged their localities, restricting them indoors. “We lost 60 sheep due to flashflood last night. I am appealing the government to provide compensation for the losses,” Abdul Rashid Malik, a resident of Khore in Tangmarg said, adding that the sheep were owned by him, Ghulam Mohammad Chopan, Latief Makloo, Abdul Aziz Mir and Zamir Ahmad Ganai.
Malik said the crops of the farmers were also severely damaged due to flashflood that entered several villages in the area.
Meanwhile, a bridge was washed away by flashfloods in Arin village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday morning. Locals said the bridge over Arin Nallah connecting Arin with Bapora village was washed away due to flash floods triggered by incessant rains since last evening.
Officials said several areas have been inundated after incessant rains triggered flash floods in Arin Nallah. An official said several villages including Lowdara, Kulhama and Kunzpora were inundated after flashfloods were triggered in Arin Nallah.
“The Nallah which flows through these villages has damaged the agricultural crop and water has also entered several residential areas there,” he said. He said teams have been deputed to these areas to assess the damage caused by flash floods.
Meanwhile, residents of Kaloosa village blocked Bandiproa-Sopore road to protest against the authorities after water inundated several residential houses in the locality.
They said water seeped through the bund constructed alongside Nallah Madhumati and entered into several residential houses in Ganai Mohalla locality of Kaloosa.
Locals alleged that the authorities have used substandard material for the construction of bund alongside Nallah Madumati through which Kishenganga river flows from Gurez.
Waters of Kishenganga river that flows through Gurez Valley had been diverted to Bandipora for the construction of 330 MegaWatt Kishenganga Hydroelectric power project (KGHEP). The water flows through Nallah Madumati and construction works including construction of protection walls were carried out alongside the Nallah.
Several villages including Kaloosa, Watrina, Muslim Abad, Sonerwani, Dachigam and Nathpora are situated on the banks of Wular lake.
Fear has gripped the residents of these localities after water increased in the Nallah and seeped through the bund to inundate several residential houses of Kaloosa locality.
Meanwhile, DC Bandipora Shahbaz Mirza visited flood prone areas of Bandipora including Lawdara and adjoining areas. “He directed officers of Revenue and Irrigation and Flood Control to be present on-spot. The officials of PHE and PDD are also on job to ensure regular water power supply,” said a spokesman.
He said that several transmission lines damaged due to heavy rains and winds last night have been fixed.
Meanwhile, water level in the Jhelum river crossed the ‘alarm mark’ of 18-ft at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
“The water level recorded at 1400 hours was 18.21 ft against 18-ft flood alarm mark and as soon it crosses 21-ft mark, flood is declared,” Irrigation & Flood Control Department, Kashmir, said.
The water at 2 p.m. at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar was 13.44 ft against the alarm level of 16 ft and flood level of 19 feet, the officials said. He said the water level was at 8.76ft, almost 6-ft below flood level at Asham in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level in Vaishow Nallah at Khudwani was 7.77m, 3.14 m in Rambiara Nallah at Wachi while the nallah Lidder at Batkoot was at 1.59 m.
Meanwhile, Doda district administration on Wednesday ordered closure of all schools and sounded an alert after weatherman predicted heavy rains and issued an avalanche warning.
Chief Education Officer, Tariq Hussain Khoja Doda said the MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall and also issued an avalanche warning in the district on Wednesday following which all the schools were closed.
He has informed that people can contact police control room on 01996-233250 in case of any emergency.

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Flashfloods, windstorm wreak havoc across Kashmir


3 killed, six injured due to gusty winds, cloudbursts
Water level in Jhelum crosses alarm mark, receding
Damage several bridges, livestock perishes

June 13, 2019 | BK CORRESPONDENT/SRINAGAR

Incessant overnight rains, thunderstorms and flashfloods triggered havoc across Kashmir on Wednesday with the water level at Jhelum breaching the flood alarm mark, even as three people were killed in rain-related incidents in past 24 hours.
Officials said two women were killed in Chandaji village of Bandipora district in north Kashmir after a tree fell on them following a windstorm in the area on Tuesday night. The deceased have been identified as Mubeena Bano, 18, daughter of Zakir Hussain Khan and Shareefa Begum, 33, wife of Arif Hussain Khan. Both the deceased were residents of Chandaji.
Officials said the victims had gone to Babrie Walla Uraniya Behak to graze their cattle last evening when strong winds uprooted a tree which fell on them, resulting in their on-spot death.
A 41-year-old man was killed and two others injured after a tree uprooted by strong winds fell on their tent in a forest area in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday.
Mohammad Yousuf Kalada (41), son of Abdul Gani Kalada, a resident of Rajouri was killed at Ramwari in Gund tehsil when a tree uprooted by gusty winds fell on his makeshift tent.
Two of his relatives, identified as Ghulam Haider (33) son of Dawood and Abdul Latif (31) son of Mehmood, both residents of Rajouri, were injured.
In a related incident, four persons were injured after cloudburst hit Naidkhai village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday afternoon. Officials said four people working in their paddy field were injured after a cloudburst hit Poshwari village. “They fell unconscious after the cloudburst hit the paddy fields. They have been shifted to JVC Bemina for treatment,” the official said.
The injured persons were identified as Irfan Ahmad Wani (26) son of Ab Rashid Wani, Javid Ahmad Wani (28) son of Ab Rashid Wani, Masrat Begum (45) wife of Abdul Rashid Wani and Tahira Begum (32) wife of Manzoor Ahmad Wani – all residents of Poshwari Naidkhai.
Flash floods damaged a vital bridge in Tangmarg and inundated several villages in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday night.
Reports said the floods damaged the approaches to Shrai bridge on Ferozpora nallah at Chandil-Wanigam road in Tangmarg, cutting off dozens of villages. They said that the flood waters entered several villages in Pattan, including Khore, Sherabad and Hanjivera.
Locals said that the flood waters have submerged their localities, restricting them indoors. “We lost 60 sheep due to flashflood last night. I am appealing the government to provide compensation for the losses,” Abdul Rashid Malik, a resident of Khore in Tangmarg said, adding that the sheep were owned by him, Ghulam Mohammad Chopan, Latief Makloo, Abdul Aziz Mir and Zamir Ahmad Ganai.
Malik said the crops of the farmers were also severely damaged due to flashflood that entered several villages in the area.
Meanwhile, a bridge was washed away by flashfloods in Arin village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday morning. Locals said the bridge over Arin Nallah connecting Arin with Bapora village was washed away due to flash floods triggered by incessant rains since last evening.
Officials said several areas have been inundated after incessant rains triggered flash floods in Arin Nallah. An official said several villages including Lowdara, Kulhama and Kunzpora were inundated after flashfloods were triggered in Arin Nallah.
“The Nallah which flows through these villages has damaged the agricultural crop and water has also entered several residential areas there,” he said. He said teams have been deputed to these areas to assess the damage caused by flash floods.
Meanwhile, residents of Kaloosa village blocked Bandiproa-Sopore road to protest against the authorities after water inundated several residential houses in the locality.
They said water seeped through the bund constructed alongside Nallah Madhumati and entered into several residential houses in Ganai Mohalla locality of Kaloosa.
Locals alleged that the authorities have used substandard material for the construction of bund alongside Nallah Madumati through which Kishenganga river flows from Gurez.
Waters of Kishenganga river that flows through Gurez Valley had been diverted to Bandipora for the construction of 330 MegaWatt Kishenganga Hydroelectric power project (KGHEP). The water flows through Nallah Madumati and construction works including construction of protection walls were carried out alongside the Nallah.
Several villages including Kaloosa, Watrina, Muslim Abad, Sonerwani, Dachigam and Nathpora are situated on the banks of Wular lake.
Fear has gripped the residents of these localities after water increased in the Nallah and seeped through the bund to inundate several residential houses of Kaloosa locality.
Meanwhile, DC Bandipora Shahbaz Mirza visited flood prone areas of Bandipora including Lawdara and adjoining areas. “He directed officers of Revenue and Irrigation and Flood Control to be present on-spot. The officials of PHE and PDD are also on job to ensure regular water power supply,” said a spokesman.
He said that several transmission lines damaged due to heavy rains and winds last night have been fixed.
Meanwhile, water level in the Jhelum river crossed the ‘alarm mark’ of 18-ft at Sangam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
“The water level recorded at 1400 hours was 18.21 ft against 18-ft flood alarm mark and as soon it crosses 21-ft mark, flood is declared,” Irrigation & Flood Control Department, Kashmir, said.
The water at 2 p.m. at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar was 13.44 ft against the alarm level of 16 ft and flood level of 19 feet, the officials said. He said the water level was at 8.76ft, almost 6-ft below flood level at Asham in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Regarding some tributaries, the official said, the water level in Vaishow Nallah at Khudwani was 7.77m, 3.14 m in Rambiara Nallah at Wachi while the nallah Lidder at Batkoot was at 1.59 m.
Meanwhile, Doda district administration on Wednesday ordered closure of all schools and sounded an alert after weatherman predicted heavy rains and issued an avalanche warning.
Chief Education Officer, Tariq Hussain Khoja Doda said the MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall and also issued an avalanche warning in the district on Wednesday following which all the schools were closed.
He has informed that people can contact police control room on 01996-233250 in case of any emergency.


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