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As rain pours misery, villagers slam 'insensitive' admn

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Udhampur, August 26, 2013
First Published: 20:18 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:39 IST(26/8/2013)

 Majority of people who have been affected in the recent rains in Udhampur district are suffering badly as there is no end to their woes. Nearly 30 families whose houses were damaged and are staying in municipality's Community Hall alleged that apart from assurances from political leaders and local administration, who visited them and enquired about their problems, nothing concrete has been done to rehabilitate them.

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Holding a protest outside the Community Hall against the district administration, they alleged that the administration had failed to solve their problems and they are suffering badly in the absence of relief and are on the verge of starvation.
Talking to mediapersons, Amar Singh, Mulkh Raj and Bimla Devi, all residents of Dalah village, alleged that in the name of relief the local administration had given 3kg 'atta' to each family, which is a joke with helpless people.

Women and young girls said they feel insecure during the night as many drunkard people also stay in the Community Hall. They demanded that the administration should assess the damage caused in the rain and take immediate steps to rehabilitate them and provide all possible assistance as they have lost everything to rain.

Udhampur Development Council, an NGO, after conducting a tour of rain-affected areas of Udhampur and in Dalah village in particular where more than 30 houses have been damaged due to heavy rain, alleged that the response of government as well as local administration was not been up to the mark. Neither they have adequate paraphernalia nor trained manpower to cope up with the crisis, it claimed.

Social worker Anil Paba and Parvesh Parihar of the NGO said hundreds of houses have been razed due to incessant rain, while landslide has caused severe loss to property in Dalah village.

They added that affected people putting up at the Community Hall are suffering badly as in the name of relief the district administration has given them 3kg ration. They demanded rehabilitation of affected families at the Battal Ballian migrant camp.

They also questioned the veracity and truthfulness of government claims about losses in the Udhampur area as the actual damage on ground is much more than the government-projected figures. They alleged that affected people have been forced to take refuge in houses of neighbours, relatives or in public places like schools, but administration has remained a mute spectator.

When contacted, additional deputy commissioner Vikas Sharma said, "We are taking steps to provide relief to affected families and directions have been already issued to revenue officials in this regard."


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