The flood waters have started to show signs of receding in the city of Srinagar and the wider area of the Kashmir Valley.
Official figures now say that 215 people have died in the floods in Indian Jammu and Kashmir. Chief minister Omar Abdullah described the current floods as the worst in 109 years. But he also said that “Water levels are receding faster than I expected.”.
Wide areas of stagnant water and lack of clean drinking water mean that a major concern now is the spread of diseases, particularly in the relief camps.
Evacuations and Rescues
Figures from rescue and relief operations carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Armed Forces suggest that as many as 96,000 people have been evacuated or rescued during the 10 days of flooding in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite the massive rescue and relief effort, there are still some people who remain stranded by the floods.
It is not clear as to where all of the evacuees are staying, although local media say that armed forces have set up 19 relief camps in the Kashmir Valley to house around 20,000 of the flood victims. Around 70 relief camps have been set up in the Jammu region, where the floods first struck.
Meanwhile the army was working on getting the transport infrastructure back to normal. The 300 km long J&K Highway – the main route in and out of the Kashmir Valley – would be open again in about 5 days’ time. The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been closed for 7 days and will remain so. The Srinagar-Leh highway has now re-opened.
Helplines and Useful Telephone Numbers
The Home Ministry has set up a control room in Srinagar to monitor flood relief operations and has offered some help lines and telephone numbers to those needing assistance:
Google Person Finder
There is also a “Google Person Finder” app dedicated to the Jammu and Kashmir flood disaster, where people can find information about missing family members and friends. Find out more here…