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5,000 houses damaged in avalanches

February 28, 2005 18:15 IST

Over 5,000 houses and 131,000 tonnes of crops have been damaged in the recent avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in the Kashmir valley, official sources said on Monday.

As many as 209 people were killed in the avalanches.

Nearly 50 per cent of oilseeds, pulses, vegetables and wheat sown on 102,000 hectares of land were damaged, officials said.

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Forty per cent of the horticulture sector, the mainstay of the state, has been affected.

The almond crop was the worst hit.

The officials said electric supply to vital installations like hospitals, telephone exchanges and water supply schemes has been restored.

Roads to all major towns and district headquarters have been reopened.

To counter the shortage of commodities following the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, 40 tonnes of green vegetables, 16 tonnes of onion and potatoes, 11 tonnes of powder and liquid milk, 45,000 eggs, 300 packets of medicines, 23 kilolitres of petrol and 200 kilolitres of kerosene were airlifted to the valley.

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