A 200-meter stretch of road was damaged in a “land erosion” incident in the Gool area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district, leaving 13 families homeless, authorities said on Sunday.
13 houses crack in Ramban
Affected families were moved to safer locations and received immediate help, while the main road passing near the village was closed to vehicular traffic after developing cracks, official said.
Speaking to Groundreport.in Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gool Tanveer-ul-Majeed Wani “A total of 13 houses were damaged and made uninhabitable due to the landslide at Duksar Dal in the past three days. The affected families were relocated and provided tents, rations, utensils and blankets as immediate aid”.
He said the land began to slide on Friday, also affecting a local cemetery, after which the remains of a local man were exhumed and then buried elsewhere.
“We are monitoring the situation and for the time being we have placed restrictions on the movement of people in the area as the land is still subsiding. Geological Survey of India (GSI) experts will visit the site in the coming days to inspect the scene and look for the reasons for the sudden landslide,” the official said.
Further incidents may endanger
Notably, in addition to the 13 houses affected by the landslide, the Gool-Sangaldan road, maintained by 52 RCC units of the General Reserve Engineers Force (GREF) Road Construction Company, also suffered light damage.
As a result, to determine the reasons for the landslide and also that further incidents may endanger the 33KV power line and PHE pipeline at the site, the district administration has written to the Jammu division commissioner to send a team of geologists from Geology & Mining, Department or IIT Jammu and meanwhile the assessment and protection of the area will be carried out by the Department of Public Works.
In addition, engineers from IRCON International Ltd, Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL), Sangaldan, were also requested for assistance in the incident.
Landslide in Rezin
Meanwhile, A landslide occurred in the Rezin area of Gund in the Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir on Sunday night, damaging seven houses, burying livestock and blocking roads.
The landslide blocked the Srinagar-Sonamarg national highway, stranding many vehicles. Several animals, including horses, cows, and sheep, were buried as three stables were among the damaged properties.
According to the police statement, the area has been cleared and residents of the affected region have been moved to safer locations.
Rescue teams from the District Police, SDRF and CRPF are on the scene.
Senior Treasury and Police officers are also present at the scene and are closely monitoring the situation. The National Highway will be cleared with the help of Beacon authorities, police said.
According to media reports, the landslides also forced the closure of the Srinagar-Leh highway as a large number of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the road due to the landslides.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the district administration said a landslide was triggered in Rezin, causing the road to be blocked.
“Some houses have been damaged by landslides, however, no loss of life or injuries have been reported. The area has been cleared and residents of the affected area have been moved to safer locations,” the statement read.
He says that rescue teams and senior officers are also present at the scene and are monitoring the situation closely.
“The road will be cleared with the help of the Beacon authorities. For any emergency or information, please contact these numbers 9906668731, 9419371774, 9541786731, 0194-2416478 and 0194-2416564”, the statement further reads.
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