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Aerial view of Srinagar city. New Delhi: As floods — worst in the last 60 years — ravage Jammu and Kashmir, the social media is abuzz with heart-touching messages about the depredations wrought and immediate needs of those affected. List of basic needs like cough syrup, sanitary napkins, milk powder, mosquito repellents and first-aid boxes are being retweeted on micro-blogging site Twitter, along with pictures of flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir and pleas of people whose families are trapped in the floods. A group of organisations has also come together to accelerate the process of reaching out to the flood victims

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Photograph by Mohammad Masroor Srinagar: Unprecedented floods caused by uninterrupted heavy downpour for the past five days have wreaked havoc in Kashmir Valley, even as flood waters entered many more residential areas here Sunday. The floods, which hit the Valley Tuesday, breached a Jhelum River embankment here Saturday night, submerging Shivpora, Indira Nagar, Kursoo Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gogjibagh, Hari Singh High Street, Batmaloo and other civil lines areas. Situation in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama has assumed the proportions of an unparalleled natural calamity as residents in these districts have never experienced in their living memory. Thousands

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People in a boat on a flooded road in Srinagar. Photograph by Shahid Tantray SRINAGAR: The death toll in the Jammu & Kashmir floods has risen to 160 as the floods, the worst the state has seen in 60 years, affected a staggering 2,500 villages, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said as he assured help to deal with the grim situation. Rajnath Singh told the media at the Jammu airport that “160 people have lost their lives in these floods. Floods of this magnitude have hit Jammu & Kashmir after 60 years.” He said 2,500 villages were affected,

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A section of Kashmiri youths Tuesday clashed with police at a few places in the Kashmir Valley after Eid prayers Tuesday, authorities and witnesses said. Dozens of young men pelted stones at police personnel in the towns of Baramulla, Sopore and Anantnag. Stoning was also reported from Lal Chowk, the heart of Srinagar, as well as Hyderpora and other parts of the city’s old quarters. The administration had placed senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest to maintain peace. Keeping in mind the Eid atmosphere, police exercised

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