With the worst floods in a century causing devastation in Kashmir, the people in the Valley want the government to improve the drainage system by acting against illegal constructions and encroachments on the banks of the rivers and other water bodies.
Jammu and Kashmir will submit a memorandum of losses amounting to Rs.1,00,000 crore to the central government as the recent devastating floods have caused colossal damage to property besides claiming more than 280 lives, a top official said here Monday.
As the situation in Kashmir's lone maternity care hospital Lala Ded - is limping towards normalcy, the staffers at the medical centre recount the horrors they confronted when flood waters entered into the premises.
World's biggest helicopter MI-26, capable of carrying heavy load, was on Wednesday deployed for the ongoing relief operations in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir by Chandigarh-based 12 Wing of the Indian Air Force.
After three days of incessant rain, the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir has sounded a flood alert in the state and asked the authorities to be prepared to meet any eventuality. Meanwhile, the death toll due to foods and landslides have reached 12.
Forced to live in exile for
more than two decades, the global Kashmiri Pandit diaspora has
sought carving out a homeland for them in the north east of
the Jhelum river in the Valley with Union Territory status.