Flash-floods create havoc in Thannamandi villages, 56 houses damaged

Dozens of animals perish, standing crops, agricultural fields washed away; DDC inspects damages, restoration works

SUMIT BHARGAV
Rajouri, Publish Date: Jun 19 2018 1:56AM | Updated Date: Jun 19 2018 1:56AM
Flash-floods create havoc in Thannamandi villages, 56 houses damagedFile Photo

Heavy rainfall, followed by flash-floods and multiple landslides in different villages of Thannamandi, including Khablan, created havoc in the entire area, damaging at least 56 houses, besides large scale loss to agricultural fields and other public properties while dozens of animals perished in Thannamandi and Kotranka areas.

Heavy rainfall and flash flood triggered losses in the area on the intervening night of June 15-16.

As per preliminary reports by revenue authorities, which were shared with Greater Kashmir by the district administration, huge damage has been reported from parts of Thannamandi and Kotranka sub-divisions.

In Thannamandi, large scale loss of standing as well as fruit crops took place, besides washing away of more than 100 kanal of crop land. "13 houses were severely damaged and 43 houses were damaged partially in Ward 2, 3, 6 and 7 of Khablan village, while many sheep and goats and some large animals also perished," the report revealed, which further mentions damage to roads, electricity and water supply lines in Planghar, Khablan, Behrote and Thannamandi villages.

Several vehicles including cars also received severe damage in the flash-flood. In Khablan village, the entire agricultural crop and land suffered damages due to debris and a large number of irrigation canals, flood protection works, bunds and water supply lines were also washed away. 

Besides, in Kotranka, more than 39 sheep and goats of 6 nomadic families perished due to hail and thunderstorm at Kali Pass Marg.

Meanwhile, the district administration conducted a detailed inspection of losses due to cloudbursts and resultant flash-floods in various area of Thannamandi sub-division which were reported over the last three days.

District Development Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary along with ADDC A S Chib, ACR A Q Mir, SDM Afzal Mirza, Ex-En PWD M A Raina, Ex-En PHE Nissar Khan, Ex-En EM&RE Munshi Khan, Ex-En PMGSY Zubair Ahmed, Ex-En I&FC Sunil Koul, Chief Agriculture Officer, CHO and other district officers conducted a comprehensive survey of losses inflicted and requisite restoration measures. 

The team visited Plangarh, Behrote, Lah, Sorah and Khablan villages.

The DDC informed that the department of Disaster Management has taken up relief and restoration on top priority and compensation cases of previous massive losses have already been submitted to the department, in addition to the immediate relief provided.

The district administration extended an assistance of Rs 1 lakh each to the owners of damaged houses and approved compensation for loss of livestock. 

The restoration works started by the departments were also reviewed. Meanwhile, Rural Development Department has been entrusted with deepening of affected rivulets as well as other rivulets prone to flooding due to large catchment areas. PMGSY department has pressed its machinery into action for clearing debris. 

In view of demand raised by the public, the DDC directed the Chief Agriculture department to provide seeds on 100% subsidy to affected farmers, while the revenue department will provide assistance for debris clearance as per the approved permissible rates notified by the department of Disaster Management. In the recent cloudburst, 70 Ha area under maize and 20 Ha area under Paddy was completely damaged. 

Public meetings were held at various places to ascertain the losses, pace of assessment and restoration measures. The general public appreciated the prompt response of departments in rescue and restoration and asked for early release of compensation, which the DDC assured to take up with Disaster Management department.

 

 

 

 

 

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