ISLAMABAD: Fourteen children died at a hospital in occupied Kashmir while authorities have confirmed recovering 29 bodies in the Kashmir Valley alone after the flood waters receded.
They said there was 4-10 feet of flood water in residential areas of Shivpura, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Wazirbagh, Gogjibagh, Karan Nagar, Suthrashahi, Bemina, Qamarwari and some other areas in the Srinagar city, KMS reported.
The main business hubs of the city – Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street and Karan Nagar are still submerged.
Official sources said that 14 children had died in the government-run GB Pant Hospital in Srinagar. The hospital and other major hospitals in the city, including SMHS and the Government Medical College (GMC), were inundated in the floods.
Over two lakh people are still marooned several days after the worst floods in different areas of the territory in a century unleashed a trail of death and destruction.
Meanwhile, Shakeel Qalender, who heads a top business body in Kashmir,
said hundreds and thousands of business establishments have been destroyed in floods.
“On a conservative estimate, losses are estimated to be around in one
trillion. It is an urban flood which has destroyed business establishments in the heart of Srinagar city while damage is substantial in rural areas too,” Mr Qalender said.
He said around 70 percent of the city’s population was affected by the
flood, damaging almost one lakh housing structures, “Over hundred fifty thousand structures have been damaged overall in Kashmir,” he said.