Srinagar: The cross-LoC shelling in which two civilians, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed and five others injured have badly affected eight villages of Nowshera which include Khamba, Sarya, Bhawani, Kalsian, Manpur, Danaka, Khori and Ganya.
(The fire and smoke of shells engulfed many villages in border district in Nowshehra)
The 120 mm and 80 mm mortar shelling as confirmed by defense ministry official at various places have created a compelling situation in which 1000 people have been shifted to different camps in last 24 hours.
The officials reports coming from the area suggest that so far 1114 persons of 298 families have been shifted in 5 different relief camps.
(Under the direct attack, an image of dead animal)
Deputy Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary inspected all the camps and supervises relief and evacuation process in forward areas.
Cooked food, lighting, bedding, first aid, medical care, drinking water and sanitary facilities have been provided apart from opening of Anganwadi Centres and playways for children in relief camps, said an official.
(Terrified. The villagers are being taken out to safer places)
The overall impact as roughly estimated is that more than 2694 families comprised of 10,042 persons have been affected in shelling as overall out of 64 villages along LOC in Rajouri, 23 are located in Nowshera Sub-Division where 8 villages are badly affected and remaining 15 villages sustained minor losses, 5 Villages in Doongi and 9 villages in Manjakote have been affected.
(The administration has pressed in services of various agencies to take out inhabitants of affected areas)
District Administration, the officials said have provided an immediate relief of Rs one lakh lakh each to NOK of dead and financial assistance to injured.
On Sunday morning, the reports suggest that fresh ceasefire violation was reported at Manjakote and Chingus areas and Chhotibakri village in Doongi area received more than 30 shells near habitations however no loss of life or injury was reported. Three cattle were reported dead.
(The house damaged due to intense shelling)
In Tarkudi area 14-15 shells were dropped however no loss was reported.
DC Rajouri according to officials has also deputed inter-departmental teams for exact assessment of losses.
To hasten the evacuation process, fourteen buses, 7 Mini-buses, 11 Tata Magic and 03 Tata Mobile vehicles were pressed into action for evacuation with forward areas evacuation through bullet proof bunkers.
Each family has been provided 11 Kg ration apart from cooked food served in relief camps. Medical teams have been stationed in camps and mobile medial units moved to various camps for check up and treatment. On directions of DC Rajouri 100 table-fans were procured and provided in relief camps. Drinking water tanks have also been installed.
(Make shift arrangement of villagers affected due to border skirmishes)
Dr Shahid is camped at Nowshera and visted various affected areas along with SSP Yougal Manhas, SP Nowshera Atul, SDM Harbans and other senior officers of district administration.
DC informed that administration is in preparedness for making more relief camps functional as more than 25 buildings have been earmarked. He added that class work of migrant students and local students will be resumed this week to ensure that education doesn’t suffer.