More than 66 sheep and cows were killed in the high altitude area of Budgam where Chopan families go to graze livestock during summer months.
Mohammad Ashraf District sheep officer Budgam said that at least 66 sheep were killed due to snow, rain and cloudburst at high altitude areas.
“14 sheep were killed due to cloudburst at Dourien, 8 were killed at Ladermad as a pine tree fell on them, some were killed due to hypothermia and some were killed due to non availability of feed,” he added.
He said that they have advised shepherds in all 12 highland altitude points in district Budgam to return till weather improves.
“Primary reports said that out of 2.5 lakh sheep, 66 died due to bad weather for the past few days,” he said.
Chief advisor for J&K Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference said that said that cattle herders at Diskhal, Hamkhal, Daandeer, Frasnaag, Meachi khanen, Dragtolan, Bargah, Chidak, Tosamaidan have lost livestock due to untimely snowfall while urging the government for relief to the affected families.
Similarly reports said that several nomadic families living on the upper reaches and banks of the river in Kulgam have lost their livestock due to continuous rainfall.