Windstorm Damaged Over 15000 Buildings: Govt

Windstorm Damaged Over 15000 Buildings: Govt

21 March 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The death toll in the cyclonic windstorm has risen to three with two more deaths including that of a 2-year-old boy reported on Wednesday while according to official estimates over 15000 buildings were damaged. “Mohammed Akram Rigoo, 65, son of Ghulam Mohammed Rigo of Khew died at SKIMS after he was injured when a tree fell on him during the windstorm,” an official spokesman said. He said 2-year-old boy Tajamul Bhat son of Mohammed Ashraf of Shapora, Qazigund also died. A 45-year-old man had died yesterday in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district when he was hit by a huge branch of a Chinar tree, which fell due to the fierce windstorm. The spokesman said 29 persons sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. He said at least 11,641 residential houses were partially damaged and 95 residential houses fully damaged in the windstorm. “4,074 non-residential houses were partially damaged. About 25 government buildings, 16 school buildings and a hospital building were also partially damaged. 10 house boats suffered extensive damage in the windstorm. Nearly 108 house-boats have been partially or marginally damaged,” he said. High speed winds at 30 knots per hour have been blowing across the Valley since Monday night, causing extensive damage to residential houses and public infrastructure in many places. Chief Engineer EM&RE Kashmir said the damage to LT-HT transmission network was tentatively estimated to the tune of Rs 4.66 crores. “Power Development Department (PDD) has restored 700 MW of power as against 900 MW total requirement. The restoration work is in progress and is likely to be completed in next three days,” he said. Meanwhile, the government has issued directions to all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to submit the lists of damages of their respective districts so that the relief under State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) could be provided to affected people under revenue department norms. 'Directions have been issued to all DCs in the state to submit the lists of damages of their respective districts so that the relief under SDRF could be provided to affected people under revenue department norms', Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla said. He said funds have already been placed at the disposal of respective DCs for providing relief to the affectees. “The government has already kept the funds under SDRF amounting to Rs 1450.59 lakh for immediately providing the relief to the affected population due to windstorm, snowfall and other natural calamities at Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Kupwara, Baramulla, Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Leh and Kargil,” added Bhalla.