Flash floods flatten model village

Being developed under the prime minister’s reconstruction programme for Jammu and Kashmir, Saboo village was selected by the local administration to be a role model.

What was earlier a village of pride has now been completely flattened. Smashed cars and a heap of rubble can be seen in all corners of the village. Till now 15 bodies have been recovered from the village. But a full-fledged rescue operation is yet to take place. This is because the once asphalted roads in the village have been damaged.

Even though relief operations have been initiated in the area by the  ITBP and Army, one has to trek for about 3 km to reach the village. The ITBP has set up food stalls and also distributed blankets to those affected. “Our effort is to ensure that the roads are open so that rescue operations could be carried out in a better way,” said Tashi Tsetan, deputy director with the development wing of the local administration.

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