​Rain, snow kill 17 in Jammu and Kashmir

March 14, 2014 - 6:49:09 am

Vehicles move on a waterlogged street in Srinagar yesterday. 

Jammu: At least 17 people have died and 1,922 houses damaged due to heavy snowfall and rain in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here yesterday.

As many as 57 cattle have also perished in the recent rains, Abdullah said after a high-level meeting to review the efforts to restore essential services hit by the heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and hilly regions of Jammu.

The 1,922 houses were damaged in Kashmir division while the damage to property in Jammu was being assessed, he said.

An amount of Rs50m has been released for Kashmir and Rs12m for Doda, Reasi, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu.

Two teams of officers headed by Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey and Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Arun Kumar Wednesday visited the affected regions to monitor the progress in restoration of essential services, Abdullah said.

Abdullah said he was informed that 80-90 percent electricity has been restored in most of the areas barring a few where severe damage has been caused to installations.

Transmission towers and transformers in many districts also suffered damage. IANS

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