Lakhs stranded in flood-hit occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: The situation in Srinagar and other parts of the territory is getting critical as more and more areas on the outskirts of the city are getting inundated following the unprecedented floods.

Lakhs of people were trapped in their houses and hundreds were killed at various localities in Srinagar and other areas of the Valley while all the belonging of the houses were washed away, KMS reported.

There were reports that houses in many marooned localities had collapsed, giving rise to fears of more civilian casualties, reports said.

The situation was grim due to breakdown of the all communication network in occupied Kashmir. People lost contact with relatives trapped in submerged areas. Srinagar-Baramulla highway was submerged.

“When I last talked to my relatives and friends in Srinagar and other
towns, they were crying and losing hope as they feel helpless,” a Kashmiri
journalist told media men in Islamabad, adding that people have no water to drink and food to eat.

Radio and television stations of the territory closed transmissions and stopped flights as the installations were flooded. The situation in north Kashmir, particularly Sopore, Tarzoo, Sonawari, Haigam and Uri areas was critical as the water level in the Jhelum River was rising. The civil administration sounded an alert in the low-lying areas and localities near the river.

On the other hand, with three more deaths in Rajouri and Kishwtar areas, the toll in last five days in rains and floods in Jammu region has reached 211.
Meanwhile, more than 3000 passengers and operators have been stranded at Banihal, Qazigund, Ramban, Chanderkot, Batote, Kud, Udhampur, Dhar Road and Nagrota Bypass on Srinagar-Jammu highway.