Muzaffarabad, January 30, 2017:
A midnight conflagration in Leepa Valley’s main grocery market reduced 86 shops, six houses, five hotels, three vehicles four motorbikes and a food department warehouse, authorities in Hattian Bala district of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) confirmed on Monday morning.
According to initial information, the fire erupted on Sunday night after short circuit in main grocery market of Leepa town near the Line of Control (LoC).
Pak-army along with local police backed residents’ efforts to control the fire but all in vain due to severe weather and lack of firefighting equipment and staff.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has order a rapid rescue and relief response as well as a probe into the reasons of the massive conflagration, told Raja Wasim, spokesman to PM’s office.
Leep Valley is among the AJK’s areas receiving heaving snowfall since last week, resulting blockage of main artery connecting the remote valley with rest of the AJK.
Telecommunication system is also broken due to heavy snowfall in the region and any of the rescue efforts by state authorities and NGOs’ haven’t proved to be successful so far.