CLOUD BURST | Displaced families of Hunzar village await reconstruction of their houses

Rescuers trace survivors after cloudburst hit Hunzar village of Kishtwar. [Representational Image].
Rescuers trace survivors after cloudburst hit Hunzar village of Kishtwar. [Representational Image].@igpjmu/Twitter File

Jammu: Many displaced families who had lost their homes in Hunzar Dacchan following cloud burst have been compelled to spend the ongoing winter in rented accommodations or the houses of their relatives.

As the winter sets in, many families which were displaced after their residential houses were destroyed in the cloud burst are still looking for permanent homes.

“The search for our home is unending. We have not re-constructed our homes in Hunzar village as the land has sunk and there is hardly any chance to rebuild our houses there. We are looking for other options with poor financial support,” said a resident of Hunzar village.

He said that many families including women and children had shifted to Kishtwar town and other areas of the district on rented accommodation or in the houses of their relatives.

“The life for us has changed ever since the cloud burst,” he said.

Ajaz Ahmad of Hunzar, who had suffered serious injuries but was fortunate enough to have been rescued by the villagers and rescue teams, said, “I was operated upon by the doctors. Now, my health is improving. However, we have not gone there. Our family is in Bathindi in Jammu and some members in Kishtwar.”

He said that his sister and sister-in-law died in the cloud burst and that their bodies could not be traced to date. Ahmad said that while eight bodies were recovered, 18 persons were still missing.

He said that six families were still living in the devastated village of Dacchan in Kishtwar.

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