Jammu and Kashmir | Jammu and Kashmir: Houses Cracked in Doda, 19 Families Sent to Safer Locations, Red Alert Issued

Jammu and Kashmir, Crack Houses, Doda

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Doda/Jammu. In Jammu and Kashmir, 19 families have been moved to safer places after cracks appeared in their houses in a village in Doda district. The authorities gave this information on Friday. Authorities also declared a mosque and a madrasa in the Nai Basti village of Thathri, near the Kishtwar-Batote national highway, unsafe. A few days ago, cracks began to appear in some houses in the village of Nai Basti, but the landslide on Thursday worsened the situation, bringing the number of houses affected to 21.

Deputy District (Thathri) Magistrate Athar Amin Zargar said: “We have moved 19 affected families to a safer place after the houses became unsafe. We are monitoring the situation and taking the necessary steps to ensure their safety.”

He said that the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police visited the place and ensured all possible help to the affected families. However, Zargar refused to compare the matter with the situation at Joshimath in Uttarakhand, which is facing a major challenge due to landslides.

Zargar said: “It would be an exaggeration to compare the situation in the new township with the Joshimath landslide. We are facing the problem of landslides and the geologists from Chenab Valley Power Projects and the National Highways Authority of India have already surveyed the site.”

Meanwhile, Zahida Begum, affected by the incident, said she has been living in the village for 15 years and was surprised to see cracks in the houses. Demanding the proper rehabilitation of the affected families, she said: “There is panic among more than 50 families in the village. Most of the houses developed cracks after Thursday’s landslide.” (agency)

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