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Rain damages road links, houses;Jakheni residents forced to live in darkness

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UDHAMPUR: Unprecedented rain and thundering has caused extensive loss to the link roads leading to various villages in far flung areas of the District Udhampur. Due to heavy rainfall, near dozen houses have been partially damaged, while road link leading to Panchari, Barmeen, Ghordi, Nallah Koda, Basatgarh near Chetreri also suffered extensive damage. Power supply remained affected for two days in Jakheni and Gujjar hostel locality and residents were forced to live in darkness allegedly due to negligence of PDD M&RE Division Udhampur which failed to restore power in urban locality. While due to erosion and landslide near village Kheri. The Jammu Srinagar National Highway was blocked and the vehicular movement on the road was disrupted.
At many places rains disrupted the power supply due to damages developed to the transformers. Interestingly, power supply near Gujjar hoste locality, Bharat Nagar, Omala, Jakheni, Ambedkar Colony, Rumbalsulla, Sharda Mata Shrine and it’s adjoining locality was badly affected for two days. People living in urban locality of district HQ were harassed for two days and have to reel under darkness without electricity in the so called urban locality. PDD failed to restore power for two days which has put a question mark on PDD functioning.
Reports said due to damage of roads many remote parts of district remained cut off from the rest of country. While on NHW traffic movement was also disrupted and vehicles got stranded on highway and full road remained jam packed. Rains also disrupted the rail services on Jammu-Udhampur track at milestone 42km.

Crop damaged, 5 huts washed away
R S PURA : The floods in plains due to incessant rain caused heavy loss to the crops and border posts of AMK, Kharkola, Sangral and Mangral are submerged in 3 – 4 ft water while five huts of Gujjars were washed away in Nikki Tawi.
Brigadier P.M Bali, SDM Vikas Kundal, Tehsildar Abhishek Abrol visited the affected areas and shifted 70 members of 12 families of Gujjars alongwith their cattle to safer place. They were provided food and shelter by the administration.
The jawans of the security forces were also shifted to safer places and they are continuing their surveillance from there.

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