Kashmir snow fury leaves two dead, over 70 structures damaged
Srinagar: A CRPF officer and a woman from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district were killed while a lady was injured in Srinagar and over 70 residential houses and other structures including two Masjids were damaged across the Valley on Wednesday due to heavy snowfall which first began on Sunday and increased in intensity since Tuesday morning.
A CRPF Sub Inspector was killed after a shed collapsed at a former legislator’s house in Hazratbal area of Srinagar.
Officials said that a CRPF Sub Inspector identified as H C Murmu of 115 battalion was injured after a shed collapsed due to snowfall at former Hazratbal legislator Syed M Akhoon’s residence.
They said the CRPF officer deployed at Akhoon’s residence was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Hazratbal where doctors referred him to SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
However, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr. Farooq Jan said that the CRPF officer was brought dead to the hospital.
CRPF spokesman, Pankaj Singh also confirmed the officer’s death and said he was injured when a rooftop fell on him at former legislator’s residence following which he succumbed to his injuries.
Similarly, an elderly woman died after she came under a snow slide in Trehgam village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
An official said that the woman died on the spot in Shah Mohallah locality of Trehgam after she came under a snow slide from the rooftop of her house. The official identified the deceased as Rahami Begum (81) wife of Late Mohammad Subhan Malik.
The official further said that after medico-legal formalities the woman was handed over to the legal heirs for last rites.
Moreover, a lady identified as Shagufta was also injured when a residential house got damaged in Anchar area of Soura Srinagar.
Besides, the heavy snowfall also damaged over 70 structures, mostly residential houses across the Valley.
As per the reports available, two Masjids were also damaged in Srinagar including one in Qalamdanpora Nawa Bazar and the other at Mehboob-ul-Aalam Baba Pora Zoonimar.
Besides, two houseboats belonging to Ghulam Rassol Handoo and Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Sopori were also damaged in Dal Lake near Nehru Park.
According to the details available many residential houses, shops, commercial structures and the vehicles were damaged due to the snowfall across Kashmir.
In Srinagar district nearly 30 residential houses, shops and other structures were damaged which belong to Muhammad Yousf Khan of Bagh-e-Mehtab Srinagar, Mehjabeen Bano of Jawahar Nagar, Muhammad Maqbool Sofi of Kani Mohalla Saida Kadal, Muhammad Ismail of Mehjoor Nagar, Ghulam Muhammad Guroo of boatmen colony Bemina, Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Mulfaq Hazratbal, Farooq Ahmad Beigh and Nazir Ahmad Khan of Zoonimar, Ashiq Hussain Bhat Hawal, Ghulam Nabi Wani of Narwara Eidgah, Jan Mohammad Dar of Babapora Zoonimar, Abdul Karim Gujree of Habba Kadal Srinagar, Muhammad Lateef Ganaie of Ishber Nishat, Asif Rashid Wani of Maharajpora Batamaloo, Rouf Ahmad Purrat of Lal Bazar, Peer Muhammad Shafi of Mulfaq Hazratbal, Nazir Ahamd thoker of Sikh bagh Lal bazaar, Shafat Ahmad Sofi Babapora Zoonimar, Bilal Ahmad Malla of Bilal Colony Qamarwari, Tajwar Ahmad in Chattabal, Sheikh Abdul Gaffar of Rather Mohalla Nowshehra, Tariq Ahmad Kundoo of Anchar Soura, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Magreypora Khandah, Farooq Ahamd Chandoo of Bagh-e-Sundar Bala Chattabal, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh of Gagribal Siada Kadal.
Besides, Imamia Public School at Rainawari, tin shed at Munawarabad were also damaged in Srinagar while several vehicles were also damaged. A work shop namely Usman Auto Work shop at Tengpora Bypass was also damaged where some vehicles have also suffered damage.
Similarly in southern districts, nearly two dozen structures including residential houses were damaged due to heavy snowfall in Shopian and Kakpora area Pulwama and Pahalgam area of Anantnag districts.
In Baramulla, at least seven structures and sheds were partially or fully damaged in Boniyar and Uri Teshils which belong to Nazir Mughal of Lagama, Salamabad (B) Dachna, Bashir Ahmad Malik of Bijhama, Mohammad Sidiq Abbasi of Dazna Lachhipora (B), Raza Fatima, Gulzar Hussain of Dhanisyden, Muna of Gati Choolan and Latief Barwal of Nambla (C).
In Budgam district, three residential houses belonging to Reyaz Ahmad Sheikh of Khag, Ghulam Mohidin Bhat of Khag and Abdul Majeed Bhat of Gudsthoo Budgam were damaged due to heavy snowfall.
Rooftops of two shops located at main market Chadoora were also damaged, they said.
In Ganderbal district, two residential houses belonging to Ali Muhammad of Kharnihama and Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Nunner Ganderbal were damaged.
In Kupwara district, two residential houses belonging to Shabir Ahmad Shah of Shirama of Qalamabad and Muhammad Akbar Lone of Kralpora.
When contacted, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir P K Pole told KNO that a quick relief has been distributed among the affected families by the concerned authorities today while the assessment is going on about the losses.
He said that assessment process to be completed within one week. (KNO inputs)