Breach in Jehlum embankment gives sleepless night to Kursoo residents

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Panic gripped in Rajbagh area of Srinagar city when due to continuous rainfall, the Jehlum River embankment showed the signs of breech at Karsoo Bund on Wednesday afternoon.

The fear stricken residents said that the soil erosion at the embankment have already collapsed few structures besides cracks are developed in at least four houses. The residents allege that the Irrigation and Flood Control Department have miserably failed to provide the sand bags to control the breach.

Pertinently this is the same area where huge devastation occurred in last year flood fury in September. Worth to mention that after floods these residents protested against the dilly dally attitude of authorities to repair the breach along Jehlum. Ironically amid bad weather conditions and chilly winters these people were forced to live under open sky.  Ehsan Reyaz, an affected resident told CNS that their houses are not safe as they have already developed cracks. “Some of the structures have already collapsed,” he said.

However after hue and cry, the residents compelled Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahamd Lone to visit the spot along with other official. The DC assured restoration of the Bund adding that the administration will also provide shelter to the affected families.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the concerned Engineers to immediately ensure embankment at the site by way of sand and earth filled bags. He also asked the concerned to take up the permanent restoration of the embankment.

Meanwhile, the District administration has advised the people putting up near the bank of river and other water bodies in the district to restraint their movement in view of rains and snow.

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