Dear Editor, This year long and severe winter season in Jammu and Kashmir has made the survival of humans as well as beasts very tough and challenging particularly in snowy areas of Jammu Division. Keeping in view the weather history of last few years the intensity and duration of winter in Jammu Division is comparetively very high and prolonged respectively. Winter had knocked in early as the higher reaches of Jammu region received first snowfall of the season during second week of December 2018 and since then many snow spells of moderate and heavy intensity have been received at a regular intervals. This uncertain winter has given rise to variety of problems and sufferings for people living in snow prone areas particularly those, who are engaged in Agriculture and alied activities. Livestock in hilly terrain of Jammu Division is suffering very badly due to uncertain, severe and prolonged winter. Gaddi Tribes and other shepherds of mountainous belt of Jammu Division have lost large number of their sheeps and goats due to dreadful winter. Apart from Sheeps and Goats loss of other domestic animals in hilly areas is also very high this year. Owing to long and calamitous winter dry grasses and other fodders stored for winter season have become insufficient and as a result large number of domestic animals in snowy area have lost their life and many other are on the verge of starvation. This unusual winter has also caused a huge loss to horticulture of Jammu Division. Thousands of precious fruit trees have been damaged due to heavy snowfalls and snowy cyclones. Alongside horticulture the forest reserves of Jammu Division has also endured huge losses. Lakhs of saplings as well as big trees have been destroyed by this metrological calamity. Although this bad winter is adversely affecting whole Jammu Division but volume of damage in high altitude and snow prone areas of Udhampur, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Reasi and Kathua Districts is very high. Houses and animal sheds in large number have been damaged and hectares of cultivable land either washed away or sinking in snow prone areas of these districts due to repeated heavy snowfalls, avalanches and land slides. Moreover winter this year has also caused massive damage to road network and power supplies in hilly area of Jammu division. Damage is so heavy that transportation and electricity supply is yet to be restored in worst effected areas. In the light of above circumstances it is requested to His Excellency Governor of Jammu and Kashmir that a detailed enquiry and estimate of losses incurred to different sectors may be conducted and suitable compensation should be given to all sufferers including framers, Fruit Growers, shepherds and to every poor resident whosoever have been affected by this catastrophic winter. Immediate remedial and precautionary measures must also be taken to restore damaged road and electricity network on priority to solve public grievances as well as to avoid all sorts of potential mishaps. Subash Brahamnu. Basantgarh.
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