Recounting September-2014 floods

In devastating floods last September, as many as 817 villages with 3,06,000 people in Jammu District were affected, with damages to many roads and houses, while the standing crop also suffered extensive damages in several areas.
Recounting September-2014 floods
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In devastating floods last September, as many as 817 villages with 3,06,000 people in Jammu District were affected, with damages to many roads and houses, while the standing crop also suffered extensive damages in several areas.

In Jammu City and its outskirts, the people living along the banks of River Tawi and in the low lying areas like, Canal Road, Gummat, Bhagwati Nagar, Shiv Nagar, Krishna Nagar SIdhra areas, Belicharana, Sure Chak, Phalain Mandal, Bahu Fort areas, Lalyal, areas behind GMM Science College, were the worst sufferers. 

In Belicharan area alone, nine (9) houses were completely washed away in strong water currents, thereby, rendering many people homeless. Four families migrated to other places, while others have been living in rented accommodations. 

The irony is that the people affected there have not been given compensation till date.          

The Sidhra Mansar Road via Surinsar was also badly damaged due to landslides, which even after the passage of one year, has not been restored properly.  There were around 40 landslides at various locations along the road. 

Two bridges over River Tawi, the one at Belicharana, Satwari and the other at Phalain Mandal were badly damaged by flood waters.  

There are nearly 45 villages in this island. Although, one bridge has been restored, while the other has  still not been restored for vehicular traffic.

At the time of floods when many villages of Phalain Mandal, Sure Chak, Lalyal were disconnected, the Army built a temporary bridge in a record time.  

In Sure Chak, Satwari, 194 students of Higher Secondary School could not attend school for around 15 days.  

As per the Sarpanch, 141 families with 580 members of the village have been affected by the flash floods and have lost their homes and livestock.

However, the bridge over Tawi has still not been constructed. Although, the damaged portion of the bridge has been connected with iron gratings, but it is only for pedestrians. Vehicles can not ply. 

The Sidhra areas along the banks of Tawi were also the worst sufferers. Many houses and temporary structures were washed away in flash floods. The people, who were rendered homeless, were forced to spend their days and nights in the open.

The schools, Banquet halls, Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp provided shelter to the people in those times of devastation.

The schools, Banquet halls, Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp provided shelter to the people in those times of devastation.  

The ravaging River Tawi, although caused widespread devastation, but it also became a sort of curiosity for the people of the city. Amid heavy rains, people in large numbers, thronged the Tawi bridge to have a glimpse, which was never seen before for years together. 

Amid heavy rains, the children, youth, elders all kept coming to the Tawi bridge to have a glimpse.  The situation was such that the administration had to close the ever busy bridge in view of the rising water level. 

Till now, hundreds of acres of land has become barren due to accumulation of sand and silt. 

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