Karnah flashflood victims await help

Karnah flashflood victims await help
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Flashfloods wreaked havoc at Karnah near Line of Control in Kupwara district. The devastation caused by these flashfloods has hit the shopkeepers below their belt.
Independent MLA Er Rashid, who visited Karnah recently, demanded that government should compensate the sufferers on the pattern of Leh cloudburst victims.
According to the media reports entire Karnah market has got destroyed and shopkeepers have no clue how to come out from this mess.
It’s the duty of the government to help these victims and provide them with adequate compensation. On the other hand philanthropists need to come forward and help them to rebuild their shattered businesses and homes.
There are reports that Karnah needs more bridges and culverts to allow the water to take its own course in case of any eventuality. The people at the helm need to see whether the constructions which have come up in the area meet the specifications and don’t threaten the very existence of the Karnah town.
The government’s first priority should be that victims are reassured that they won’t be left in the lurch, and their concerns would be addressed. Media reports suggest that locals of adjoining areas and the army have already extended a helping hand to the victims. They need everyone’s help. Even the philanthropists from across the country should come forward to help the victims. People of Karnah have faced lot of hardships since 1947 as they have suffered a lot due to skirmishes and the ceasefire violations between India and Pakistan. This area remains disconnected from the world for more than four months during winters as the inclement weather conditions and the difficult terrain restrict the vehicular movement. People of this area are not that well off and the sudden cloudburst has added to their woes. They need help and all of us should come forward to help them.