Dearth of tents forces Kishtwar fire victims to sleep under open sky

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Vishal Sharma

The Kishtwar fire victims who have lost their homes two days back in devastating fire at Sukhnoi village are spending their nights under the open sky in chilly cold weather due to the scarcity of tents and other relief material. Though, the district administration Kishtwar is claiming to have provided tents to half of the affected souls and is assuring that the tents will also be provided to the remaining souls by tomorrow, sources told that majority of the affected people are living under open sky while some of them have taken shelter in a school building and some have moved to their relatives in the nearby villages.

Worthy to mention here that the fire which had erupted mysteriously on the intervening night of 15/16 October had destroyed the entire Sukhnoi village by totally gutting 80 residential houses and cow sheds, affecting about 115 families having 650 souls.
Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kishtwar Ghulam Nabi Balwan told JK Newspoint that administration with the help of Army and Red Cross is trying its best to accommodate the affected families forthwith, but unfortunately arranging rented accommodation for them will take 2 to 3 days more.
“Some blankets, tents, ration etc has been droppedto them with the help of chopper and another consignment has also been dispatched by road which will reach there by tomorrow” he added.
Balwan made clear that the affected souls have to wait for 2 to 3 days more as administration is trying to arrange rented accommodation for them which is a lengthy process. Besides this some cash assistance has also been provided to them by the Red Cross who is also trying its best to provide them adequate medical facilities also.
Pertinent to mention here that the apart from 80 residential house and cow sheds fire had also destroyed 15 non residential sheds, 1 school, 5 shops, 1 mosque, 2 water mills, 1 zaiarat shareef, 1 health sub centre, 2 anganwari centre etc.

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