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LG orders immediate relief; assures rehabilitation

Srinagar: At least 10 residential houses were gutted in a massive fire in the remote hilly area of Tulail near the LoC in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district last night, officials said on Wednesday.

Officials while confirming damage to at least 10 houses in the blaze said that the fire broke out in Tetri Kilshay Mohalla of Kilshay village located adjacent to the LoC.

As per an Army spokesman, the cause of the fire was not immediately known, however the first flames are said to have emanated at around 2:30 AM last night from the house of one Ghulam Nabi Lone, son of Gafoor Lone who works as a porter with the Army.

More than 10 houses were engulfed in the flames and eventually damaged, the Army spokesman said.

Expressing anguish over the fire incident, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha directed the district administration Bandipora to conduct an on-the-spot assessment and provide immediate relief to the affected families.

Acting on the LG’s directions, the district authorities have immediately supplied blankets, sustenance kits (cooking oil, pulses, etc.), household utensils and immediate cash assistance of Rs 1.50 lakh (15000 to each family), an official press release informed. It said every possible support shall be extended to the families while temporary rehabilitation and shall also be arranged wherever required.

Further, a relief of Rs 1.10 lakh to each affected family whose residential structure has been completely damaged shall be released tomorrow under SDRF norms, the press release said.

It said the LG has directed the district administration to ensure each family is properly looked after and further support for building new houses should be extended to the affected families.

Senior officers are also stationed on the spot for the assistance of the affected families.

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