16 May 2017

News Story: Residents on Kashmir LoC flee to safer places in wake of skirmishes

by Peerzada Arshad Hamid

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 15 (Xinhua) -- As troops of India and Pakistan resort to heavy firing and mortar shelling on Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir.

Hundreds of families residing along frontier areas were affected and have fled their homes, officials said Monday.

The migrations are going on in Noushera sector of frontier Rajouri district, about 220 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

While some people have gone to live with relatives, the majority of the residents have taken shelter in government buildings (mainly schools) earmarked by authorities as temporary accommodation for affected residents.

"More than 2694 families comprised of 10,042 persons have been affected in shelling killing two and wounding six others. The shelling has also perished livestock and damaged standing crops besides damaging 45 houses," a government spokesman said. "Out of 64 villages along LoC in Rajouri 23 are located in Noushera sub-division, where eight villages are badly affected and remaining 15 villages suffered partial damages."

Local authorities have set up relief camps and more than 25 buildings have been earmarked to meet the eventuality.

Read the full story at Xinhua