Floodwaters recede but chaos prevails in Srinagar

September 16, 2014 03:11 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:28 pm IST - SRINAGAR

Traffic movement has begun in parts of Srinagar with floodwaters receding from thoroughfares but chaos still prevails in the city as thousands of people are trapped in their houses without water and food supply.

Most of the city’s hospitals are shut, communication largely absent and families still searching for the members who went missing in the deluge.

Areas like Rajbagh, Qamarwari, Chattabal, Batamaloo, Shivpora, Nowgam and Kanihama in Srinagar continue to be inundated. Fears of a cholera breakout are growing in the city as thousands of carcasses of dogs, poultry and cows float all over the submerged areas.

Government and Army officials said they have installed motors to pump out water from various areas.

Fire and Emergency Services Department have deployed about 20 fire tenders to flush out water from Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar and Gogjibagh areas that were the worst hit by the floods.

“Twenty RO plants with a capacity to filter 4 lakh litres per day are being brought from Hyderabad. Four RO plants with a capacity to filter 1 lakh litre per day are being rushed from Delhi to Srinagar,” Defence spokesperson Colonel S.D. Goswami said.

According to Army officials, over 2.26 lakh people have been rescued from the flood-hit areas so far.

According to officials in the railway department, train service has resumed between Srinagar and Baramulla.

While the number of causalities in the floods is still unclear, more bodies are emerging from the water now. In Rajbagh area, two bodies were fished out by a group of volunteers on Monday evening.

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