Torrential rains, gusty winds wreak havoc in Kashmir parts

Torrential rains, gusty winds wreak havoc in Kashmir parts
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Srinagar, Jul 3: Two persons were injured while as scores of yatra tents, many residential houses and cars were damaged after heavy hail and strong wind storm wreaked havoc in parts of Budgam and Srinagar districts on Tuesday late afternoon.
A senior police officer said that two persons were injured after the rooftop of Hanfia Complex at Kralkhud area of Srinagar city was blown away due to the high intensity of the wind storm.
The officer said that scores of tents used by the Amarnath yatris at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar outskirts were also damaged due to the windstorm. “All the yatris putting up in these tents were immediately shifted to SDA Complex Pantha Chowk,” he said.
The winds with high intensity coupled with heavy rains also damaged a tin-shed and an electricity transmission in Munawarabad area of Srinagar city.
Reports said that several cars were damaged in Hazratbal, Habbak, Zakura and its adjoining areas after branches of many trees broke off due to the high intensity of windstorm.
Some cars were also damaged inside the Kashmir University campus at Hazratbal after the branches of a Chinar tree broke off to the winds and fell on the parked vehicles.
Meanwhile, several rooftops of residential houses were blown away due to winds while as other buildings, shopping complexes and boundary walls of many structures also collapsed in sub-division Beerwah in Budgam district.
“The boundary wall of police station Beerwah was collapsed after branches of a tree broke off and fell on it. The building of a block development officer Beerwah also got partially damaged after branches of a Chinar tree broke off,” they said.
According to reports, the hailstorm damaged crops at various areas of the subdivision Beerwah. An eyewitness said the storm coupled with intense rain smashed windowpanes of several residential houses in the area.
Reports said that many parts of Srinagar and Budgam are without power supply after rooftops of buildings were smashed, trees uprooted, power lines and poles toppled. (GNS)