Snowfall in Kashmir injures three
By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar, Jan 24 : At least three people were injured and as many as ten residential houses were damaged due to heavy snowfall in South Kashmir's Islamabad district, police said on Friday.
A residential tin shed of Mohammad Yousuf Dar, son of Abdul Ahad Dar and resident of Arwani, collapsed due to heavy snowfall.
Three people - Mohsin Ahmad Dar, son of Mohammad Yousuf, Sabrine, daughter of Mohammad Yousuf and Mudasir Ahmad Dar, son of Manzoor Ahmad Dar - were injured.
All the injured were shifted to the Sub District Hospital Bijbehara for treatment.
Meanwhile, three residential houses belonging to Ghulam Rasool Wani, son of Mohammad Rafiq Wani and resident of Adigam; Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Nabi and resident of Nowbug; and a Kacha house of Abdul Rashid Wani, son of Nazim-ud-din Wani and resident of Hillar Kokernag, were damaged due to snowfall. However no injuries were reported in these incidents.
In another incident in Acahabal area, heavy snowfall damaged the residential houses of Abdul Rashid Ahangar at Damhal Khushipora and Ghulam Nabi Bhat at Chandanwadan, Uttersoo.
In Sirgufawara area, two residential houses belonging to Rafiqa, wife of Ghulam Rasool Lone and Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh, son of Abdul Gani and resident of Khurshroi Kalan, Islamabad and a cowshed belonging to Ghulam Reshi, son of Ghulam Ahmad Reshi and resident of Khushran Kalan Sirgufwara, collapsed due to heavy snowfall.
A residential house of Ghulam Hassan Khanday, son of Habibullah Khanday and resident of Krangsoo, Mattan and house of Abdul Rehman Wagay, son of Raj Wagay and resident of Hutmurah, in Mattan, Islamabad were also damaged due to heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile, according to the police statement, the Kulgam Police evacuated at least 12 families from avalanche prone areas of Kulgam district on Thursrday.
Police said that in view of heavy snowfall 8 families comprising of 42 persons were shifted from avalanche prone areas of Kralaw in Kund Qazigund area to a safer place at Mirasi Nalah of Qazigund.
Police said that 4 more families have also been evacuated from Waltengonar to Wasenag Kulgam, in Qazigund.
--IBNS (Posted on 24-01-2014)
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