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3 of family killed in house collapse
Saidullah Rangrez
BHADERWAH/DODA, July 14: Three members of a family were killed after their house collapsed following heavy rains in remote Tanta village of Khara in Doda district this afternoon following incessant rain over the past two days.

Police reports said that Kutcha house of Mohammad Abass at Tanta village, about 45 km from district headquarters Doda, collapsed following continuous rainfall. Mohammad Abass, his wife and his daughter were buried alive under the debris.

The deceased have been identified as Mohammad Abass, 26, son of Abdul Rashid Wani his wife Tasleema Begum, 25, and their daughter Alya Banoo, 4, daughter of Mohammad Abass of Tanta. The victims were fast asleep when the house collapsed. The locals launched a rescue operation in the morning and retrieved all bodies from the debris.

"The incident took place when the roof of a mud house collapsed due to heavy rains in Tanta Panchayat at 5 AM ", Sunny Gupta, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Gandoh, said, adding that Mohammad Abbas, a daily wager, lived in a mud house. All three members of the family were sleeping when the house collapsed.

"Due to inaccessibility of the village, instead of taking the bodies to hospital, which is 28 km downhill from Tanta, we a called a team of doctors from SDH Thathri for autopsy," SDPO added.

Meanwhile, former Chief minister and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha (MP), Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed deep grief over the tragic death of three persons including a minor due to house collapse, after the incessant rainfall in the Tanta village of Doda district.

Conveying his condolence to the bereaved family, Azad has prayed Almighty Allah for granting solace to the departed souls and courage to the family of the deceased to bear with the loss.

He expressed solidarity with the family and urged the government to provide assistance to all those whose houses have been damaged due to torrential rains.

Meanwhile GM Saroori (MLA Inderwal), Mohammed Sharief Niaz (JKPCC Executive member), Abdul Majid Wani (JKPCC General Secretary), Naresh Kumar Gupta (MLC) and all the congressmen’s have also expressed grief over the incident.

“Our heart goes out to the bereaved family in this hour of grief and sorrow,” they added.

Saroori urged upon state government to sanction Rs 10 lakhs each adequate ex-gratia relief in favour of the next of kins of those who died in the collapse. He has also announced Rs 1 lakh each out of his constituency development funds for as relief in favour of the kind of the deceased.

News Updated at : Saturday, July 15, 2017
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