Nomads, livestock trapped due to adverse weather: TRCF

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 24: Expressing apprehension that a large number of nomads like Gujjars and Bakerwals under seasonal migration to upper reaches of Himalayas may lose life and livestock due to the present adverse weather in J&K, Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF) has urged J&K Government to provide immediate help to such stranded nomads in hilly or planes areas as they are facing shortage of essentials.
In a handout, TRCF claimed stated that thousands of Gujjars and Bakerwals including women and children along with livestock and other domestic animals are hit by the recent inclement weather.
TRCF’s, Dr Javaid Rahi, while taking stock of the situation claimed that Gujjars and Bakerwals have got trapped during their downward journey to warmer areas at different locations of upper reaches of Pir Panjal, Kishtwar, Doda, Anantnag, Kulgam etc due to heavy snowfall and rainstorm in the last some days.
He said they are trying to locate such stranded people and accordingly inform the administration for help.
“A large number of livestock including sheep, goats, horses, dogs, buffalos and cows of Gujjars are facing life threat,” Rahi maintained demanding urgent steps for restorations of confidence among such trapped people through relief and rehabilitation.