The Bold Voice of J&K

Disaster in J-K

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Dear Editor,
The people of Jammu and Kashmir are passing through an ordeal as the Valley is facing a massive natural disaster because of heavy floods triggered by torrential rains in six decades. Nearly 300 people have lost their lives and many are untraceable. All streets and houses have been flooded. People are compelled to take refuge on the upper floors or rooftops of their houses.
Roads and bridges have collapsed. People are unable to move to safer places. The flood situation in Srinagar and south Kashmir has been aggravated because of complete breakdown of communication links in the Valley. People are making desperate attempts to know the welfare of their loved ones trapped in the submerged areas. The failure of the communication network has thrown the State administration into a state of confusion. The Indian Armed Forces are carrying out rescue operations. Medical camps have been set up and boats deployed into service by rescue teams to evacuate the people.
Blankets, water-bottles, packed food and medicines have been air-dropped by the IAF in the flood-affected areas. Pilots are risking their lives by flying in hostile weather conditions to reach cut-off areas for relief and rescue operations. The armed forces deserve applause for doing commendable work in providing relief to the victims. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced aid of ~1,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir. The nation must come together to support the people of Jammu and Kashmir in this hour of need.
Sandeep Arya
via-e-mail

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