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House destroyed by flash floods in 2017, this Gujjar family lives in a makeshift tin shed, officials say ‘new house coming soon’

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by Basharat Rashid

Tral : Last year in 2017, a cloudburst followed by flash floods, led to the damage in Nagbal area of Tral. Destroyed house of a poor family, who now live in a make shift tin shed.

The flash floods had damaged whole village, destroying crops, trees, vegetation’s and other properties.

Mohammad Yaqoob Gujjar, resident of Gujjar Basti, Nagbal Tral was hit badly as flash floods completely washed away his house.

After the family was left with no roof to live under he said that some sub district and district administration visited the area and assured all possible assistance to him in reconstruction of his house.

“Promises were broken and one does not cater to needs through them,” he complains.

He and his wife soon took it upon themselves to create a living place and since then the family lives in a makeshift tin shed.

“We had to provide for our children,” Yaqoob said.

Weather changes in this place quickly and as winters draw close, the trouble for the family is mounting.

“We many a times visited concerned departments but none provides even an ear to our problems,” he claims.

 

Additional deputy commissioner, Tral,Riyaz Ahmad Malik, said that they are in the process to construct a new house for the affected family.

 

“The family will get their new house soon,” Riyaz said.

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