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By Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton and Shari L. Gallop, University of Southampton Coastal floods are a major global hazard. In 2008, Cyclone Nargis generated a five-metre storm surge along the coast of southern Myanmar. This swept seawater 50km inland, killing a staggering 130,000 people. In 2013, Typoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines, killing 8,000 people and destroying a million homes, with much of the damage due to high sea levels. The past decade witnessed two of the most costly natural disasters in US history: Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012. Coastal flooding from these two events

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Photograph by Muhabit ul Haq An extensive report that has documented the September 2014 floods of Jammu and Kashmir, raises serious questions about the role of political and military forces in the ecology of the region. The 173-page report,  Occupational Hazard, raises questions about accountability and culpability for the floods, from an ecological, civil and political rights perspective. It also highlights the role played by the local community in relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected people. The report was released today on the eleventh martyrdom anniversary of human rights activist, Aasia Jeelani, here in Srinagar. It has been documented

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  The devastating floods in Kashmir last month has left the children from affected areas in a state of longing – longing for their toys, books, home, and schools that were either swept by the floodwater or submerged. As Kashmir is gradually picking up towards recovery and getting back life together, The Kashmir Walla sent photographer, Muhabit ul Haq, to find out children from these affected villages and towns in Srinagar, Kulgam, Islamabad, and Bandipora districts of the region. The expressions and the locations in these pictures give a detailed account of how life has changed for them.  

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The devastating floods that hit most parts of Kashmir region left a trail of damages, loss, and memories that one may never forget. The Kashmir Walla team has visited all the flood affected areas for the last one month and documented the stories told by the survivors. Below here we bring you three such stories from three different areas of Kashmir. Kutt’ie Bund When water from Vishu stream broke the embankment and entered Arigutan village, two kilometres from Kulgam town on the evening of September 5, Mohammed Yosuf Wani, 50, a mason, was in the village. He had sent his

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When the devastating floods hit Kashmir region earlier last month, most of the journalists were either stuck at their houses or offices. No one could go out when even the Srinagar city was submerged. But as one could go out later with some kind of small help to float over floodwaters, journalists too went out to – report and rescue people. One of the photojournalists died while he was out clicking pictures of the floods. In this whole time, a Kashmiri journalist, Imran Shah, was covering floods with his camera for the channel he works at. Along with that he

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Shahid Tantray captures the Srinagar city on Sunday, a day before the festival the day when people fill the markets, streets, and roads.

A month after the devastating floods hit Himalayan region Kashmir, submerging even the summer capital city and economic hub, Srinagar, also – people in the region are celebrating Eid Ul Azha. The celebrations, this year, are not like any other Eid in past. The markets and shopping areas were devastated by the floods and shopkeepers are still cleaning and reconstructing their properties. Not many people were seen shopping as they would do on this occasion. In a few areas, where flood didn’t affect, people were seen buying groceries and other supplies for home. On Eid Muslims celebrate it with sacrifice

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One of the Southern districts of Kashmir Valley, Kulgam, where nine people died in the devastating floods that has claimed more than 300 lives in the whole state so far, has been badly destroyed. This district was one of the first areas that was affected by the floods in the first week of this month. In one of the villages, Kilam Gund, around 40 houses have been completely swept by the floodwater; cutting the roads, changing the paddy fields into water streams filled with cobblestones. The remaining 165 houses in the village are unsafe to live in, locals said. People

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After the massive floods in Kashmir valley several houses were swept by the floodwater, leaving thousands homeless. The government response to the floods fury has been ineffective but several voluntary organisations and individuals have contributed to restore life to some extent, donating medicines, food, clothes, and tents. In Srinagar’s various areas, tents have been put up for people who lost their houses to the floods. Around 300 people have died in the state due to floods and the economy has seen a major downfall, that may not be recovered in just a few years. People living on roads, streets, relief

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In one of the of orphanages of Kashmir 450 orphans from different parts of the state became homeless in one day as the valley was submerged by massive floods, almost a fortnight ago. The Jammu and Kashmir Yateem Khana, an orphanage located on the outskirts of the summer capital Srinagar, is a permanent home for the children. Like many in the valley, these children too had to leave to save themselves from the floodwater. “Water started coming in from every direction late in the evening. At first we moved all the children to first floor, but as water level continued

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