Heavy rains wreak havoc; houses, shops damaged

Houses, shops and poultry farms were damaged, road washed away and vehicular movement disrupted in torrential rain in Kangrail and Bantalab areas of Jammu District in the wee hours on Sunday. However, there was no report of any causality in the incident.
According to reports, heavy downpour flooded Kangrail village at city outskirts, causing damage to many residential houses as well as shops. However, there was no report of any causality in the incident.
Following incessant rains past midnight water level of the Nallah/Khad flowing through village Kangrail suddenly swelled forcing water to enter the houses in the village.
Following heavy flow of water a portion of the road passing through the village, which is only link road connecting main Jammu-Akhnoor Road was partially washed away early this morning, a local said.
Due to flash floods thick silt got accumulated in the entire area making road slippery and blocked, Raman Sharma, a local said while adding, a large number of houses, shops, poultry farms and business establishments have been damaged.
The residents revealed that houses of Kali Dass, Vijay Kumar, Dwarka Nath, Thoru Ram, Bodh Raj, Kewal Krishan, Sham Lal and many others were submerged in flood waters and received damages.
Besides this, shops of Kali Dass, Thoru Ram, Parshotam Kumar and others received losses worth lakhs of rupees due to flooding.
The residents said neither the MLA Raipur-Domana Bali Bhagat nor any officer from Civil Administration have so far visited the village to take stock of the situation and assess the losses.
Demanding immediate assessment of the losses, they appealed to the District Development Commissioner to depute a team to prepare a detailed report regarding the loss of property. They also appealed to the Governor N.N Vohra to take cognisance.
Former Naib Sarpanch Rajan Sharma, ex-Panch Raj Kumar, Jitender Nath Sharma and Village Numberdar Brahma Nand Sharma demanded early repair of link road and adequate compensation for the excessive losses to the villagers.
Meanwhile, District President Jammu Rural BJP Omi Khajuria expressed concern over the excessive losses and demanded payment of adequate compensation to the flood-affected villagers.

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