Kathua district administration has evacuated and shifted 1,998 families to safer places from 57 border villages so far. There are 9,597 persons in 35 different camps set up across Hiranagar and Marheen tehsils.
Due to border shelling, 57 villages have been affected out of which 41 have been affected directly. The administration has earmarked 61 buildings as relief camps in various areas.
Since Thursday evening, 12 more villages have been evacuated within 0-3 km from border and 16 more camps were established. The camps have also been established for livestock.
Special buses have been deployed for ferrying border residents during day time to look after their livestock and crops.
Shahid Iqbal, deputy commissioner, Kathua and other district officers also visited forward areas along the border and assessed the prevailing situation. They also visited newly established camps and reviewed the amenities available there.