Rising water-level in Chenab river has forced people to leave the historic Pul Doda town for safer places in the district. “Water-level has risen in Chenab by up to 2 m and will further increase to two more meters. Pul Doda is now partially under water,” District Magistrate (Doda) Farooq Ahmed Khan said. “Most of the people have shifted from Pul Doda along with their belongings.
Some of them were forced out as we feared for their safety…,” he said, adding that Section 144 CrPC has been imposed to ban any movement. The town, barely 15 km away from Doda district headquarters, serves as the central point to Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Doda areas of the region for decades. The water-level rises due to melting of the snow and closure of water channels in 450-MW Baghlihar hydro-dam.
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