‘I am very hungry, dada’

Sep 11th, 2014 | Category: Kashmir News

No food, complain those stranded in IOK

Five-year-old Daksh, belonging to Tonk Fatak area of Jaipur, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan, has gone without food for the second consecutive day as he along with his parents are stuck on the third floor of a hotel in Jammu.

The family members including his grandfather back home are panic-stricken since Monday evening after they heard Daksh’s voice on phone saying “I am very hungry, dada”.

As some phones lines in some areas in Jammu and Kashmir resumed, many victims from the occupied territory who are stuck in Jammu and Kashmir Valley are making calls to their family members.

However, their ordeals are yet to come to an end. Most of the victims are stuck in the hotels. The ground floors of these hotels are flooded following which the occupants have been moved to upper floors. They are going without food and water.

“My daughter and son-in-law can manage without food and drinking water for a couple of days, but what about my five-year-old grandson. He was crying. I don’t know what to do,” said DC Jain, grandfather of Daksh. Many of the victims are either pilgrims or tourists who had taken the children along with them. The same is the plight of other victims.

Secretary, disaster management, Kunji Lal Meena said, “There has not been supply of food and that’s the main concern now.”

According to the data, nearly 360 people from Rajasthan are stranded in Kashmir. The count of people is based on the information provided by family members who called up the control room set up by the state government in Jaipur. The number of stranded people could be much more.

Meena added that many from Bharatpur and Bhilwara had been able to contact their family members after they were moved to relief camps.

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