Life remains crippled; roads bylanes blocked, people remain confined to homes
Srinagar: Two persons, including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Sub Inspector and an elderly woman, died while seven residential houses were damaged in different parts of Kashmir due to heavy intermittent snowfall since Sunday.
Official sources said that a CRPF SI, who was posted at the residence of a former legislator Syed M Akhoon at Hazratbal in Srinagar, was critically injured when a shed collapsed due to heavy snowfall. “The injured, identified as H C Murmu of 115 battalion, was immediately taken to a hospital where he succumbed,” they said.
In another incident, an elderly woman, identified as Rani Begum, was wounded when she came under the snow that fell off from a roof of a house at Shah Mohalla Trehgam in north Kashmir district of Kupwara. “The woman was immediately taken to a hospital where she was declared brought dead,” they said.
Officials said that dozens of structures including houses and shops were damaged due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir.
At least 27 residential houses suffered partially or substantial damage in Uri and Boniyar villages of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, they said. The houses include four in Nambla, as many in Uri, two in Dani Seydan, five in Jabla, three in Garkote, as many in Dardkote and Udoosa besides one each in Sultandaki, Mayan Boniyar, Bijhama Boniyar.
Also, reports said a structure of Budoo Poultry farm and two non-residential structures were also damaged in Garkote Uri due to heavy snowfall.
A senior official from the administration in Uri said that 30 structures have been damaged as per initial reports. “We are collecting more details,” the officer said, adding, “There has been no loss of life or injury reported so far.”
Meanwhile, in Cheramarg Zainapora area of South Kashmir’s Shopion district, a residential house of one Javid Ahmad khan son of Bashir Ahmad Khan collapsed due to heavy snowfall. Also, Imamia Public School run by Educational Trust Kashmir suffered partially damaged.
Also, the house of one Abdul Gaffar Sheikh at Nalabal Nowshera Srinager was partially damaged along with a residential house belonging to one Ghulam Nabi Sheikh at Gagribal Srinagar near Hill Top Hotel. Another residential house, belonging to one of Ghulam Mohammad Guroo at Boatman Colony Bemina suffered damage due to heavy snowfall. Also rooftop of a house collapsed at Tengpora Batamaloo.
Meanwhile, in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the residential house of one Ghulam Ahmad was also damaged due to heavy snowfall, they said.
In Magraypora Khanda, the rooftop of the house of Master Ghulam Mohammad collapsed. Also, there were reports about several shops and cowsheds suffering damage due to snowfall.