Joint Rapid Assessment in District Neelum by SPO and IR
August 05, 2010
This report is prepared on the basis of data collected by volunteers of NV Cluster Community Development Forum (NVCCDF), Durawa Development Organization (DDO), Strengthening Participatory Organizations (SPO) and Islamic Relief (IR). Pak Army and SDMA have facilitated in providing initial data as well.
Background and Summary:
Neelum is largest district of AJK, covering 27% of the AJK area, with scattered population, less facilities, situated along the Line of Control (LOC) and mostly dependents on import of daily use items, including food from rest of the districts. This is mainly dependent on Muzaffarabad Kail road to connect with rest of the world. It has gone through uncountable number of natural and man made disasters.
Recently a lengthy span of continues rains in AJK and Indian Held Kashmir during last week of July 2010, caused in flash floods in rainy nullahs, land slides, extreme high flood situation in river Neelum. These elements together made extraordinary losses to the human life, private properties, public infrastructure, government assets, telephone lines, road network, minor bridges and has considerably disturbed life of a common man even if he or she is not directly affected by the any flash flood or land slide. Major losses include.
•Human life loss 12, while 14 persons seriously injured
•Damage to the Muzaffarabad – Kail road at several places, resulting in disconnection of the valley with rest of the world.
•Extraordinary loss to the Hydro Electric Plants in Jagran and Kundal Shahi
•Government and Community owned micro hydro power projects are damaged. These were facilitating to meet low cost energy needs of the villages locally.
•Damages to the private properties include over 563 completely damaged and 512 partially damaged houses, more than 200 shops. The figures may increase with the passage of time and increase in access to remote villages.
•5 bridges on the main rainy nullahs have been damaged, restricting mobility on main and link roads at local level.
•22 Small foot bridges are damaged at several paces which were connecting villages with each other
•30 Walking Tracks, irrigation channels and water supply schemes constructed by local government and communities with the help of different NGOs, are badly damaged due to continues rains and high flow of water in rainy nullahs
Highlights of Initial Assessment in Three UCs (Barian, Kundal Shahi and Shahkot):
1-UC – Kundal Shahi:
•01 Government BHU under construction is completely damaged
•04 Schools are completely demolished ( 01 Government Boys High School-Guryal, 01 Govt. Primary School – Matoo Bela, Government Primary School – Misra, IR constructed GPS- Babba)
•Rest House – Thuniyan is also swept from earth.
•10 Bridges in the valley are also swept (03 Large bridges, 07 small)
•Hydro Electric Board (HEB) residential colony – Gorriyan consisting of 20 rooms, is also damaged.
•Intake of HEB – Jagran is also severely damaged.
•Electricity systems is 100% finished.
•02 Masjids (One Jamia Masjid, and other small one).
•There is no road left from Guriyal to Kancy.
•15 Garat / Jandar (Traditional Water flour mills) 100% swept away into Flood Nallas.
•Boundary wall of BHU Kundal Shahi is completely demolished.