2 WOMEN DIE IN BUDGAM

Tangmarg, Baramulla, Bandipora Reel Under Darkness

SNOW AFTERMATH

Srinagar, Jan 19: Residents of different rural areas across the Valley are facing immense hardships in wake of the recent snowfall.
BUDGAM
 Two women died in central Kashmir’s Budgam district as their family members were unable to shift them to the hospital as roads connecting their villages with the district headquarters were blocked due to fresh snowfall, reports said.
 A woman Afroza Manzoor of Kralnewa Khansahab and another woman Sarwa Begum wife of Assadullah Shah of Khosapora Arizal died as all link and main roads in the Budgam district were closed. Their family members could not shift them to the hospital in time.
 Residents of various areas putting up in the outskirts of Budgam town said that since the day snow has struck, their areas continue to reel under darkness and they are facing acute water shortage.
TANGMARG
 At least two residential houses and a shed got damaged at Tangmarg in north Kashmir. "Residential houses of Muhammad Sultan Magray and Abdul Rashid Magray and cow shed of Abdul Rashid Yatoo of Shrai village got damaged due to snow," locals told Greater Kashmir.
 Though power supply was restored in Kunzer township and some adjoining villages on Saturday but 70 percent populace of Wanigam, Khaipora and Kralweth and Aboord continues to reel under darkness.  Telephone landline cable has got damaged in Kunzar Chanpora due to snow.
BARAMULLA
 Residents of north Kashmir’s Baramulla town said that Power Development Department has failed to restore the electricity in many areas of the district.
 Surprised over the failure of the PDD to restore electricity after three days of snowfall, the locals alleged that the administration and PDD are not showing any interest. "This is utter shame for the PDD that they could not deal with 8 inch snowfall. Entire district is reeling under darkness and authorities are unmoved" said Farooq Ahmad, a local resident.
 Residents of Pattan said the entire area comprising scores of villages is without power from the past three days. They said no one from the PDD department has turned to repair the lines and poles in the area.
 The power situation in Wagoora block has worsened especially after the recent snowfall. The residents of Wagoora said the entire area is without power supply from Thursday evening.
 When contacted Executive engineer PDD Baramulla Irshad Ahmad said that power has been restored in most parts and efforts are on to restore it completely. "We have suffered some damage to HT system and are doing our best to rectify the fault. We hope within a day electricity will be restored completely".
BANDIPORA
 Residents of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district said that most villages are reeling under darkness and inner roads are yet to be cleared as administration has not sent any snow cutters and bulldozers to clear the snow.
 They said that the administration cleared main roads in various localities while various inner roads are still under snow. People from different areas of Bandipora like Hajin,Madvan,Preng,Sumlar,Athwatoo,Benlipora,Leharwalpora,Kulhama.Saidunara and other adjoining villages complained that the roads leading to these localities are still under snow.
 Locals from most of the wards in Hajin Township alleged that Municipality had failed to maintain lanes and drains. Residents in Paray Mohlla,Mir Mohalla, inner wards of Hajin said that all the  lanes and bye-lanes have been water logged since the day its started snowing.
 Meanwhile, Executive Engineer PDD Bandipora said that power supply was regulated in many areas on Friday night, while power supply in rest of the areas was restored in the other parts on Saturday morning.
SHOPIAN
 Meanwhile, Police on Saturday said that it shifted a pregnant woman to the hospital.
 “Police shifted a pregnant woman from Heerpora, Dachnoo to District hospital Shopian and dispatched a medical team to Phalipora, Keller to provide medical assistance to another pregnant woman who was stuck at her home due to the road blockade caused by heavy snowfall,” a police spokesman said.
REPORTS COMPILED BY AHMED KASHMIRI, MUNEER DAR, ALTAF BABA AND SUHAIL AJMAL

Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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