Continued dry spell in border district Rajouri and other parts of Pir Panchal region has led to drying up of rivers, stream, wells and other sources of water which has become a cause of concern for not only the common masses but also for the farmers who are not able to irrigate their fields.
The region is witnessing a prolonged dry spell as there has been no rain since the last three months. There was just a mild shower in the first week of this month which lasted for few minutes.
"Suktoh River flowing from BG to Rajouri via Thandikassi, Darhali river which comes from Darhal to Rajouri, Khandli river which comes from Kandi belt towards Rajouri and most of the other water channels have dried up," locals from different parts of the district informed.
They further added that due to drying up of rivers and other water bodies, the farmers are not able to irrigate fields, while day to day works of the people, especially those residing near the rivers and other water channels are also getting affected due drastic decrease in water level.
"Almost half of the wells and other small sources of water have either dried up or their water level has reduced drastically which is a big cause of worry for the people," the residents of different areas said.
"Farmers are disappointed as wheat crop stands sown in fields but if dry spell continues, the crop production will get affected in the absence of proper irrigation," one farmer Mohan Chander said.
"Dry spell is also causing respiratory and other viral infections," medical experts said.
The issue was also raised in the recently held review meeting of District Development Board by Deputy Commissioner.
"In the meeting, after detailed discussions, on the issue, all the legislators including DDB Chairman and Education Minister Naeem Akhter announced to give funds out of CDF for purchasing of water tankers for supplying water in the areas which are facing water shortage," Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shabir Ahmed Bhat told Greater Kashmir.