Dec 28: Amid gloom and pessimism, 2019
has ended on a good note with fire incidents recording more than 30 per cent
drop in current year so far.
of Fire and Emergency Services Department accessed by The Kashmir Monitor
reveals that Kashmir has witnessed around 1850 fire incidents during 2019 so
far. However, in 2018 more than 2700 fire incidents were reported across the
valley causing damage to 2100 structures worth Rs 67 crore.
data reveals that more than 430 fire incidents were reported in Srinagar in
2019. The number was 610 and 642 during 2018 and 2017 respectively.
reveal that total number of the structure destroyed in the fire mishaps between
January to December 2018 was 2100 including 346 shops, 50 shopping complex, 59
vehicles and 216 power transformers.
Fire Officer (DFO) Tasaduq Ahmad said there has been a decline in the fire
incidents due to the awareness created by his department.
“We have launched powerful awareness campaigns
in schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, malls, offices and in
communities across villages and towns. This is the main reason for the decline
in fire incidents,”
noted that people are converting their houses into concrete buildings which
have also restricted fire incidents to some extent.
Ahmad said post August 5 people reached to the nearest fire station physically
as there was no mode of communication in Kashmir. “During winter, people must be extra careful
in their homes and factories. People should cross check their power appliances
and circuits once they leave their home or before going to sleep,” he said.
to essential services including Fire and Emergency Services Department was
affected due to the communication blockade imposed by the government post