Flash floods wash away bridge over Arin nallah in Bandipora, inundate villages

Meanwhile, residents of Kaloosa village blocked Bandiproa-Sopore road to protest against the authorities after water inundated several residential houses in the locality.
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A bridge was washed away by flash floods in Arin village ofnorth Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday morning.

Locals said that the bridge over Arin Nallah connecting Arinwith Bapora village was washed away due to flash floods triggered by incessantrains since last evening.

Meanwhile, several areas have been inundated after incessantrains triggered flash floods in Arin Nallah.

An official said that villages including Lowdara, Kulhamaand Kunzpora were inundated after flash floods were triggered in Arin Nallah."The Nallah which flows through these villages has damaged theagricultural crop and water has also entered several residential areas there,"he said.

He said that teams have been deputed to these areas toassess the damage caused by flash floods.

Meanwhile, residents of Kaloosa village blockedBandiproa-Sopore road to protest against the authorities after water inundatedseveral residential houses in the locality.

They said that water seeped through the bund constructedalongside Nallah Madhumati and entered into several residential houses in GanaiMohalla locality of Kaloosa.

The locals alleged that the authorities have usedsubstandard material for the construction of bund alongside Nallah Madumatithrough which Kishenganga river flows from Gurez.

Pertinent to mention that waters of Kishenganga river thatflows through Gurez Valley had been diverted to Bandipora for the constructionof 330 MegaWatt Kishenganga Hydroelectric power project (KGHEP).

The water flows through Nallah Madumati and constructionworks including construction of protection walls were carried out alongside theNallah.

Several villages including Kaloosa, Watrina, Muslim Abad,Sonerwani, Dachigam and Nathpora are situated on the banks of Wular lake.

Fear has gripped the residents of these localities afterwater increased in the Nallah and seeped through the bund to inundate severalresidential houses of Kaloosa locality.

Meanwhile, DC Bandipora Shahbaz Mirza visited flood proneareas of Bandipora including Lawdara and adjoining areas. "He directedofficers of Revenue and Irrigation and Flood Control to be present on-spot. Theofficials of PHE and PDD are also on job to ensure regular water powersupply," said a spokesman.

He said that several transmission lines damaged due to heavyrains and winds last night have been fixed.

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