Torrential rain in the afternoon hours coupled withcloudburst wreaked havoc in Hanga area of Bhaderwah, as it triggered flash floods,damaged standing maize crop and a portion of Gatha-Hanga road, thusdisconnecting 2500 population from rest of the district.
"The torrential rains coupled with strong winds that startedat 5.30 pm on Monday, damaged several Kanals of standing maize crop in at leasthalf a dozen villages of Hanga-Noori Panchayat beside washing away about 100meter road portion as Hanga Nullah overflow the culvert perhaps due to cloudburst ," said Dev Rattan of Village Hanga.
"Dozens of students and villagers have got stranded oneither side of the road as there is flood like situation in Hanga Nullah butsurprisingly, no one from the additional district administration has so farcome here," alleged Master Tek Chand, another elderly villager.
"This is the result of official apathy and because of theindifferent attitude of the political representatives towards us, as we havebeen demanding bridge for the last two decades but nothing has been done sofar, thereby leaving the poor population to face the consequences duringnatural calamities," said Sher Singh of Village Hanga.
The 6 Km stretch connecting Hanga, Noori, Thamli, Baadwa,Dharann, Chak-Katoch, Dhalo, Bhalian and Badote of Hanga-Noori Panchayat,boasts of odd 2500 populace with more than 1400 electors.
Villagers say that they are afraid to use the 6 Km long roadthat leads to Bhadarwah town. "The road which was built in the beginning of 60sby forest department for transportation of timber was easily maneuverable, asheavy trucks use to move on this road, but today, complete road is damaged andfilled with potholes and debris," one of them said.