Khansahib, Budgam, June 22: Chairman Peoples’ Democratic Front (PDF) and former minister Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen Friday expressed shock and grief over the loss of about 52 sheep, 8 horses and 5 cows due to cloud burst in upper reaches of Khansahab in district Budgam.
In a statement, he said fruit and standing crops have also been damaged due to untimely snow fall and cloud bursts in various areas of the upper Khansahib belt, especially, in Tosaidan, Yusmarg, Doodhpathri behaks adding that government should, immediately, announce adequate compensation in favour of the affected sheep breeders and farmers.
Hakeem Yaseen while expressing grief over the colossal loss caused to the farmers and sheep breeding families of the upper reaches of Khansahib, due to untimely snow fall and multiple cloud bursts, has urged the government to announce adequate compensation in favour of the victims.
He said natural calamity has struck many sheep breeding families in the upper belt of Khansahib, adding that flash floods in some areas of Budgam have totally destroyed paddy crops, which had snatched their livelihood.
He has urged the district administration Budgam to send rescue and rehabilitation teams to Behaks in the upper belt of Khansahib to assess the quantum of loss and announce due compensation in favour of the affected families.
He said nomadic shepherds and Bakarwals should be allowed to set up makeshift shelter sheds in various Behaks (grazing lands) to protect them from the weather vagaries.
The PDF chairman observed that the government has failed to keep its promise to provide relief to the affected families by natural calamities, adding that in the present testing times the government should act sincerely instead of doing lip service.
"In a welfare state, the government was duty bound to come to the rescue of its people in need of the hour," Hakeem Yaseen maintained, adding that victims of recent snowfall, incessant rains and multiple cloud bursts should be provided with adequate compensation and ex-gratia relief.
The PDF chairman has also urged the district administration Budgam to send joint teams of disaster management, revenue, horticulture, agriculture, sheep and animal husbandry departments to formulate a comprehensive relief package for the affected farmers.
He also urged for repairing all the damaged irrigation canals, flood protection bunds, road culverts to meet any exigencies in future. He said flash floods have caused huge damage to the road network across the valley, which needs to be repaired mechanized on war footing basis.
Hakeem Yaseen has called for free distribution of chlorine tablets and disinfectants for cleaning drinking water among the people especially living in low lying areas. "This step would help to prevent the outbreak of water borne diseases," Hakeem Yaseen added.