IOK regime’s inability added to losses in floods: JKCCS

Oct 1st, 2014 | Category: Kashmir News

In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has said that the recent flood has been a man made as much as it was a natural calamity.

The JKCCS in a statement issued in Jammu said, “The complete failure of the state machinery in disaster preparedness, management and response has exacerbated the human, economic and infrastructural costs of the disaster.”

“Three days after the inundation of South Kashmir areas, the inevitable floods reached Srinagar, where the authorities concerned were criminally negligent,” it said adding that it was only the courage, generosity and decisive actions of local communities and individuals that ensured that the human loss from the disaster had not been more devastating.

Besides the huge damage to businesses, it said, about 260,000 structures have been damaged including 95,000 residential houses in Srinagar alone.

Effectively more than eight lac people were displaced, it added.

After failing in its duties of flood control, effective evacuation mechanism, rescue operations and providing necessary relief, the regime’s response in terms of the compensatory relief announced for survivors and victims, too, is wholly inadequate and humiliating, it said.

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