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Jammu loses 7 lives, 700 houses to snow, rains
Kishtwar faces ration shortage
3/14/2014 11:25:35 PM
Sumit Sharma

Jammu, Mar 14: Seven people have lost their lives with over 700 houses destroyed due to incessant rains, floods and snowfall from 09/03/2014 to 12/03/2014 in four districts of Jammu province. This was stated by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu while responding to a RTI query.
The four districts include Rajouri, Doda, Reasi and Kathua . Reasi is the worst hit where four people faced nature's wrath while one each died in rest of the three districts.
Further 144 schemes of government including PHE Sector, Irrigation Sector and Flood Control got affected which require Rs 178 lakh for restoration in district Ramban only.
As per data available from Financial Commissioner Revenue, 98 schemes of PHE Sector ,20 schemes of Irrigation Sector and 26 schemes of Flood Control in the particular Sub Division have been affected and require an amount of Rs 85 Lakh,Rs 34.32 lakh and Rs 58.72 lakh respectively for the restoration of the same.
However, as per information provided by Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, the people of the district is grappling with various problems which including shortage of ration and stranded passengers. The failure of the administration to distribute ration has only added to the woes of the people.
The chopper request to government to airlift the stranded passengers in remote areas of Dachhan, Marwah, Nowpaci and Inshan has been given deaf ear.
Meanwhile, over 17 people have died and 1,922 houses damaged due to heavy snowfall and rain in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Thursday.
As many as 57 cattle have also perished in the recent rains, Abdullah said after a high-level meeting to review the efforts to restore essential services hit by the heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and hilly region of Jammu.
The 1,922 houses were damaged in Kashmir division while the damage to property in Jammu was being assessed, he said.
An amount of Rs.5 crore has been released for Kashmir and Rs.1.2 crore for Doda, Reasi, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu.
Two teams of officers headed by Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey and Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Arun Kumar Wednesday visited the affected regions to monitor the progress in restoration of essential services, Abdullah said.
Abdullah said he was informed that 80-90 percent electricity has been restored in most of the areas barring a few where severe damage has been caused to installations.
Transmission towers and transformers in Budgam, Shopian and Anantnag districts suffered damage due to the heavy snowfall.
The chief minister directed the installation of lightning conductors in the transformers.
"You should make a rule to install transformers along with lightning conductors," he told the power department.
All major roads have almost been cleared of snow while work is going on for clearing other road links. Telecommunication services will also be totally restored in a couple of days.
Abdullah was briefed about the damage to water supply. As many as 175 water supply schemes in Jammu and 43 in Kashmir were affected but most of these have been restored.
He directed officials to arrange helicopter sorties for evacuating people from snow-hit areas. He also directed a close watch on the markets so that unscrupulous traders do not create fake scarcity of essential items in a bid to increase prices.
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