Water Recedes in Jammu and Kashmir: Many Refuse to Leave Home

Water recedes in the Kashmir valley and about 90,000 people have been rescued from the state by the armed forces and the National Disaster Response Force. While the water began receding, many of the natives refuse to move from their places.

The rescue teams were attacked by the angry locals, who were stranded and awaiting to be rescued. The death toll on Wednesday has reached 215. A state official revealed that unless the flood waters recede completely, and they are able to reach all the submerged areas, they cannot be sure about the exact toll in these floods. Though rescue team works on their mission, there are still hundreds of people stuck in Srinagar that has submerged in the flood waters. Places such as Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Gogji Bagh, Bemina, Mehjor Nagar, Karan Nagar and Qamarwari in Srinagar are still submerged.

Meanwhile, people’s temper rose over authorities in the situation where thousands are still stranded, waiting for food and help. The angry people pelted at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s residence with stones. While many people complained that the state government has failed to reach out to the affected people, Omar Abdullah responded, "This is an unprecedented situation. There is no way we could have prepared for it. Operations are being cranked up, supplies are arriving and we are doing our best."

After visiting the flood-hit state on Wednesday, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag said that the situation has improved and the Army was working day and night to provide relief to those affected. He said that relief and rescue operations are on and the situation has improved a lot. He also mentioned that more boats have come and they have enough boats now. "We now need to supply food, water and medicines to people in need. All resources available with us have been pressed into action," he added. However, the Army Chief has also given an assurance that everyone will be helped by the force.

The linkage between roads in many places and telephone services were restored partially in the state. Meanwhile, fear about the possible outbreak of water-borne diseases was also a matter discussed.

[tags- Jammu and Kashmir, Flood, Rescue Operations, Srinagar, Omar Abdullah]

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