The incessant rains lashing this north Kashmir district since Friday morning have perturbed the residents of landslide prone areas. Officials have already issued a warning and have urged people putting up in sensitive areas to remain vigilant.
Authorities here claim that sufficient measures have been taken to take care of any eventuality. However, insiders revealed that district authorities are not properly equipped to deal with any kind of disaster. Authorities are not in the possession of the important items like boats, water evacuation pumps, satellite communication system and full-fledged emergency operation theatre.
The important department like Fire and Emergency services Baramulla is facing manpower shortage and doesn't have sufficient dewatering pumps while hydraulic
tools like cutters and other equipments required to handle the disastrous situation are almost negligible, sources claimed.
The lower areas of Sopore town, close to the river Jehlum had witnessed many breaches in September 2014, when Kashmir witnessed a deadly deluge. People are praying for rain to stop as they don't want history to repeat itself. The areas like Wagoora, Boniyar, Kandi Baramulla and upper reaches of Uri town had suffered intense damage during the 2014 floods. Around 12 Shaktimaan vehicles and 13 buildings of NHPC occupied by the Army's 34 RR and 18 battalion BSF and huge quantity of petrol, diesel and kerosene were washed away during 2014 floods.
Apart from 250 kanal of land, around 23 residential houses which include 12 at Bela-Slamabad, 8 residential houses at Trikanjan and Banali and three houses at Haakipathri were completely destroyed and around 90 houses were damaged partially during 2014 flash floods.
Similarly, the Wagoora area was worst hit after the Nallah Ningli which bisects the area in two parts witnessed breaches at many places and washed away scores of bridges, culverts and roads. However, despite passing of around two years, the authorities have failed to construct protection bunds along the Nallah Ningli and Nallah Hapathkhy around Wagoora and Boniyar areas of the district.
"It seems the administration has not learnt the lesson from 2014 floods. The Nallah Ningli which requires protection bund at different locations is flowing dangerously,"" said Ghulam Rasool of Wagoora.
"Besides protection bund we were expecting that the authorities will carry plantation drive all along the Nallah. However, no concrete step were taken during the past 18 months," he added.