Kashmir windstorm: One dead, 17 wounded, thousands structures damaged

published 3/20/2012 10:56:00 PM by Umar Gul
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Omar reviews situation

Srinagar: A cyclonic wind storm started from afternoon of last day, with an average speed of 24.7 knots and reached maximum speed of 40 knots. The minimum temperature increased by 12 degrees above normal, due to steep pressure gradient over the Valley causing a wind storm, which resulted in damage to properties, in the Kashmir Valley.

"17 persons got injured, 29 Residential houses got fully damaged, 6670 Partially/Severely, 2166 non-residential, 6 government buildings, and 10 house boats were partially damaged" an official statement reaches to Agence India Press said here adding that a 45 years old person Mohammed Maqbool Magray of Kachnambal, Kangan expired when a branch of Chinar tree fell on him"

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has reviewed the situation at Srinagar, which was also attended by Minister of State Home & Revenue, Nasir Aslam Wani, among other officials also participated. Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir province ordered all schools to remain closed for the day for the safety of the students. All offices were, however, open and essential services were being restored on war footing basis.

Due to gusty winds many tourist were evacuated from Dal Lake to the shore, for their safety and accommodated in alternate hotels by the QRT of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

In Pahalgam, a tree fell on a tourist hut resulting in damages to the hut. The tourist Sanjay Paul of Kolkotta received minor injury and was rescued and provided treatment at SDH Pahalgam and is safe.

Extensive damages have been reported to the LT/HT network across Valley. 130 MW has been restored as against 900 MW. Work is in progress.

All Deputy Commissioners have been asked to activate control rooms in their districts so that the rescue and relief can be coordinated.

All commercial flights are operating normally, with slight delays. Situation is being monitored closely.

Meanwhile, High Danger avalanche warning has been issued by the authorities for higher reaches of Drass, Bhimbat, Kaksar, Gumri, Matayan in Ladakh province.

Medium danger warning exists for Razdan top, Kanzalwan, Dawar, Niru, Baruab, Chakwali, while low danger warning has been issued for Dhudi, SM Hill, Gugaldara, Machhil, Gagangir, Sonamarg, Zojila, and Gumri.

People living in these areas have been advised to take precautions especially Drass areas of Kargil district where high danger avalanche warning has been issued. (AIP News)

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