Schools closed, alert sounded in Doda

The district administration on Wednesday ordered closure of all schools and sounded an alert in Doda after weatherman predicted heavy rains and issued an avalanche warning.

Chief Education Officer, Doda, Tariq Hussain Khoja, said: “The MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall and also issued an avalanche warning in the district on Wednesday. As per the directions of the DDC, holiday has been declared in schools so that children don’t face any inconvenience.”

In wake of inclement weather predictions by the Meteorological department from 11 March, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Doda, Sagar Dattaray Doifode has appealed general public not to venture in slide prone areas.

“As a precautionary move and due to heavy rainfall since past 48 hours and avalanche warning by the Meteorological department, we have been forced to declare high alert in areas close to river Chenab and its tributaries and also people living on slopes and slide prone areas of Doda district,” he said.

He has informed that people can contact police control room on 01996-233250, in case of any emergency.