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Snow sinks at least 8 Kashmir houseboats

At least eight houseboats submerged on Wednesday after a fresh snowfall across Kashmir, reports said on Thursday.

Reports said six houseboats New Simla, Honey Moon, Bangkok, Young Marmandie, Holly Wood, and Kings Throne got submerged in Dal Lake.

They said that a houseboat at Chinar Bagh belonging to Fayaz Ahmad Darma was partially submerged.

Moreover, several shikaras got submerged in the Dal Lake amid heavy snowfall in Srinagar in the early morning hours, reports said.

Reports said that at least half a dozen shikaras got submerged at Dal Lake due to heavy snowfall in Srinagar.

In the incident, no loss of life or injury has been reported, reports said, adding that the locals, as well as officials, are on job to dewater the shikaras.

Moreover, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad toured Dal Lake areas to oversee the damages caused to the houseboats and shikaras due to snowfall.

A houseboat also submerged on the Jehlum river near city center Lal Chowk.

The houseboats in the Kashmir valley are famous all around the world but they have been dying a slow death. The numbers have gone down from 5,000 houseboats to 900. And at this speed, it seems they might become history soon. 

The rich heritage of houseboats on water bodies of Kashmir valley has always been a big tourist attraction. The stakeholders have always called it the Jewel of Tourism Industry in Kashmir valley. More than 40 percent of houseboats have vanished in just three decades. 

The reason people living on the lake say they are getting no permission to repair the houseboats. A huge number of repair requests are pending with the government for the restoration of these houseboats. And the unending wait has led to a decrease in the numbers of these houseboats. 

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