Extreme water disaster has gripped a village in Bhaderwah valley in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, which is going through the harshest winter in years, freezing water pipelines and forcing residents to journey lengthy distances in quest of drinkable water.
Situated on the hilly slopes round 25 km from the Bhaderwah city, Sunote village in the course of a dense cedar forest contains almost two dozen homes, together with six tribal Gujjar households.
Frozen faucets and overground water pipes within the village have pressured the residents to journey miles in quest of drinkable water in sub-zero temperature.
The ladies folks of those households, largely farmers and cattle rearers, have been left with no possibility however to trek the snow-bound treacherous terrain in teams in quest of water.
Generally they even boil snow to get water for each day use.
“For the final couple of months, we’ve been pressured to outlive below sever water disaster. We carry on transferring from daybreak to nightfall to fetch water amid sub-zero temperature, treacherous circumstances and the worry of lurking wild animals,” 58-year-old native resident Asha Devi stated.
Because the evening temperature has remained at sub-zero ranges for over two months, it had a cascading impact on the water provide traces in distant areas of the Valley like Sunote village.
“Each my knees are injured and I can hardly transfer however nonetheless at this age, I’ve no possibility however to trek 2 km on a regular basis with my husband to fetch the water,” Begum Bibi (70), an aged tribal Gujjar girl, stated.
Divya Charak, a scholar of sophistication 12, stated her research are getting affected because of the water scarcity as she has to hitch the elders to search for water.
Govt Engineer PHE division, Doda, Satish Sharma stated he’s equally involved concerning the issues being confronted by the individuals within the absence of drinkable water.
“I’ll ship my group headed by Assistant Govt Engineer there on Monday and also will go to there personally as the difficulty raised by the villagers is of very critical nature,” he stated.
He assured drinkable water provide to the village on the earliest.
“We are going to attempt to search for different pure assets to faucet them for a everlasting answer,” Sharma stated.