Victims trace belongings; cry for help
BARAMULLA BLAZE AFTERMATH
Baramulla, Apr 14: Mughli, 60, is searching through the rubble to find belongings a day after her residential structure was destroyed in a devastating blaze at Jadeed Road Auqaf Market near Masjid Bait-ul-Mukaram.
However, she failed to trace anything from the ruins and was devastated on seeing her house razed to the ground.
Mugli’s house was one of 55 shops and 16 houses which were gutted in the blaze on Wednesday.
The blaze has not only left several families homeless, but has also inflicted huge losses to the businessmen.
“I have lost all belongings, Rs 2 lakh cash and gold which I had kept for the marriage of my daughter,” said Abdul Qayoom Khan whose three story house was gutted.
The rehabilitation of the affected families is a big task for the administration although some local social organization like Idara-e-Falah-u-Darin has come forward to provide relief to the affected. “The people should come forward to help the victims with whatever possible way they can,” the residents urged.
“Around 87 members of 18 families have been affected and the prime concern is their rehabilitation. We request the administration to take adequate steps for their rehabilitation. So that they can spend their day and night under a roof,” said Abdul Hameed of Mohalla Jaded.
The market was also famous for readymade garments, textile and grocery.
According to Beopar Mandal, most of the shops were dealing with the wholesale goods and as such losses are huge.
The large scale devastation due to the fire has also raised several questions. “Baramulla being the district headquarters has only three fire tenders which is not sufficient for a town having population of above one lakh,” the locals said adding the old town where majority of the people reside had no fire station.
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