Wednesday, September 10, 2014

India and Pakistan in disaster with Kashmir Floods | #KashmirFloods | #KashmirFloodspictures

Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades 

More than 360 people have been killed during the floods, including 231 in Pakistan. 

More than 300,000 military personnel and 300 jets, choppers and boats have swarmed the northern state, rescuing more than 77,500 residents after a week of rain caused riverbanks to burst. 

Armies in both countries scramble to help the victims, while officials warn of more flooding to come. 

“The army will not move back to the barracks till the last man is brought to safety,” army chief Dalbir Singh said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

Five days of heavy rain abated over the weekend, but flood waters in Srinagar rose dramatically overnight Saturday to Sunday.
Many people were caught unawares by the flood waters.

On Thursday, a bus carrying about 50 members of a wedding party in Indian-administered Kashmir was swept into a gorge, killing dozens. The bride and groom were among those feared dead. 

Srinagar residents headed for higher ground on Saturday as the floods waters began to rise 

Both countries' armies have rushed to rescue those stranded. Although rain slackened over the weekend, thousands of people remain trapped in their homes, and there was initial anger at the lack of warning and government preparedness for the floods, which have become an annual phenomenon. Modi flew to Kashmir on Sunday and promised about $200 million in relief efforts and compensation for the flood victims.

On social media, the hashtag #KashmirFloods trended in both countries. Many issued distress calls on Twitter, either seeking relatives and loved ones who were missing or alerting others to their plight. Netizens even attempted to map those in need of aid in Srinagar, the picturesque capital of Indian Kashmir, whose streets turned into canals over the weekend.


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