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Despite spending crores Kishtwar District lacks disaster management preparedness, equipments
Two die after ill fated vehicle falls in river Chenab
7/15/2020 11:31:02 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report

Jammu, July 15: Two youth died in an accident in the Dool area of Kishtwar as the vehicle they were traveling fell into Chenab River.
As per the details available with Early Times, a Maruti Car bearing registration number JK17/4446 on its way from Cherji towards Arji plunged into Chenab as a result of which two persons identified as Rajesh Kumar (30 Yrs) Son of Kashmiri Lal Resident of Kawar Dool and Sandeep Singh (28 Yrs) Son of Sewa Ram Resident of Arji Dool drowned. Both were said to be working in AFCON company and were returning after finishing their duties at project construction site.
As soon as the news of accident came in, the locals immediately rush to the spot, but fail to trace out the missing youths as well as the ill fated vehicle that completely submerged in river water.
The operation was called off late night due to darkness resumed in the morning. Yesterday accident was 3rd major accident in Kishtwar District in which 14 people had died, six each in two different accidents at Padder, but till date dead bodies of the 14 deceased persons are yet to be recovered.
Following the non recovery of the missing persons, Management of Dool-Hasti Power project has decided to flush the dam water midnight today and had issued an alert asking the people to remain away from the banks of river Chenab besides has asked the people to keep an eye if any dead body floats into the river water.
Meanwhile despite spending crores on disaster managements, the government of Jammu and Kashmir fail to establish modern of art disaster management cell in hilly Districts of Doda and Kishtwar which has witnessed hundreds of accidents claiming lives of thousands of people in last over two decades.
Speaking to Early Times, social activist and member NGO ABABEEL Burhan Mir lambasted the Government of Jammu and Kashmir as well as the various companies engaged in construction of power projects in Kishtwar for their failure in establishing disaster management cell with all equipments in place.
Burhan Mir who was part of several rescue operation in Kishtwar District said that to forget ropes and ladders, the administration even don’t have stretchers added that they along with the local people recover the dead bodies of accident victims packed in bed sheets. He said that being hilly area, Kishtwar District witnessed major road accidents like two back to back accidents in Keshwan area in which more than 60 persons died.
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