Nearly a million people still crying for help in IOK

Sep 11th, 2014 | Category: Kashmir News

In occupied Kashmir, over seven hundred thousand residents of different areas of the Kashmir valley, stranded in furious floodwaters, are huddled on rooftops since the disaster, triggered by incessant rains.

Suffering from the worst floods in the last 109 years over seven lakh people are still believed to have been trapped in flood-ravaged Srinagar and south Kashmir while people are still crying for help.

hhThe Indian calamity management agency, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General O P Singh, while confirming the situation in the Kashmir valley, told media that the water level in Jhelum River was still rising and rescue boats couldn’t be launched from the higher points. Even the satellite communication is failing, he added.After the water level increased in Jhelum River and Hakursar nullah, thousands of people in Sumbal, Sunawari, Wangipora, Malur Gansthan, Shadipora, Dangerpora, Turgan Ikhwanpur, Batamaloo, Mujgund, Shalteng and other adjoining areas  in Srinagar left their areas for safer places.

Bashir Ahmed Ghanai of Mujgund said that their houses are in water up to one storey.  He said people have totally become shelter-less and they have lost all their belongings. He said administration has failed to come to their rescue.

Din Mohammed, another flood victim said that situation is grim as people lost everything in floods. “Our standing crops which were to be harvested soon have been totally washed away while all belongings perished in flood water’’, he sobbed.

Mir Ghulam Rasool, a social activist, said people are also facing scarcity of ration and other essential commodities.

A Meteorological Department official said that the recent heavy rains in Kashmir Valley were caused due to two different weather systems converging to build up as one massive system.

On the other hand, with the recovery of four dead bodies from Rajouri and Reasi districts, the death toll in recent rains and floods has gone up to 215 in Jammu region while the people from many far flung areas of Mahore, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban and Udhampur are still crying for help.

At Saddal Pancheri in Udhampur, nearly 31 persons are still missing. Only seven bodies of the missing persons could be recovered so far.

Most of the areas where road links have been snapped are facing crisis of food items, ration, kerosene oil, cooking gas, vegetables etc. The power and water supply could not yet be restored.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Poonch-Rajouri Range A K Attri disclosed that dead bodies of three family members identified as Mohammad Aslam,  his wife Razia Begum and daughter Zubina Begum were recovered from the debris in remote Kandi area of Rajouri. Their house came under land-slides on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Jammu-Srinagar highway remained blocked for the seventh consecutive day, today. The highway has suffered massive damage at Sangni and Gangroo between Ramsoo and Banihal where large patches of road have totally gone down the nullah.

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