Part I – Srinagar areas
The relief and rescue operations continue in Kashmir region that has been massively affected by the floods. Though, the weather in Srinagar was cloudy on Friday but there has been no rainfall. The Director of Weather Department, Sonam Lotus, has said that their equipments are damaged due to flood waters so they cannot forecast weather. The Delhi Met department has said the weather will remain dry for at least four days.
The Supreme Court of India today said the massive floods in Kashmir valley have created horror and that a disaster of such magnitude deserves that the entire India should reach out to bring immediate relief to the victims. Replying to a PIL filed by Bhim Singh and Colin Gonsalves, a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha said, “It needs no emphasis from us that a calamity and disaster as huge as this deserves a national response so that immediate relief is made available to the flood victims.”
We bring you pictures from some of the areas of Srinagar city. Most of the other affected areas in Kashmir are not yet accessible so we have not been able to reach there yet.
Photographs by Ahmer Khan
Part II – Srinagar relief work
The relief work continues in Kashmir. The affected people are being kept in several buildings in dry areas, and locals are trying best to provide food and water. The government that has played no role so far to provide relief to the affected people today announced a relief package. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that free ration will be supplied to affected people for 6 months. “There will be no insistence on documents, he added, also announcing 350,000 Indian rupees as ex gratia for each of the deceased in the floods. Below are the pictures from the relief camps and people waiting for food and medicines. The Hurriyat Conference leader, Syed Ali Geelani also visited the affected people today.
Photographs by Shahid Tantray