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Massive fire in Kashmir

Srinagar, October 23, 2007:

At least 300 structures, including 166 residential houses have been destroyed in a massive fire in a remote village Marwah of Wadwan area of Kishtwar district in Jammu province of Indian administered Kashmir.

At least 100 people including women and children are feared injured. The affected area is not connected by road thereby aggravating the problem.

No rescue measures could be sent till late to the area, however this afternoon, the State administration sent a team of senior officers with first aid and relief supplies to the area by two Air Force helicopters.

Reports said that fire broke out in Marwah at 10 p.m. Monday night engulfing more than 300 structures until last reports poured in.

The cause of the fire could not e ascertained.

The fire created scenes of utter panic in the whole area with scared people scurrying for lives.

on the fringes of district Islamabad and Kishtwar, the area can be reached only by foot though a one day trek from Islamabad or a two day trek from the Kishtwar side.

A State official said that 100 tents, 240 blankets, emergency medicines, 25 sleeping bags and teams of doctors and par-medical staff were flown to the fire ravaged village.

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