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Over 50,000 rescued as flood waters recede in Jammu and Kashmir

Evacuees hold a man as he falls from a tractor evacuating flood victims to higher grounds, as they move through a flooded street in Srinagar on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: ADNAN ABIDI

More than 50,000 people have been rescued so far, but hundreds are still trapped here as the flood waters receded Wednesday. Officials said 215 people have died in the Jammu and Kashmir floods.

“Unless the flood waters recede completely, and we are able to reach all the submerged areas, we cannot be sure about the exact toll in these floods,” a top state official said.

Many are trapped in Srinagar alone that submerged in flood waters during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Officials said 50,000 marooned people have been rescued so far in the State, but they also confirmed on Wednesday that many more could still be trapped in submerged areas.

The water level of the Jhelum continued to recede in Srinagar and throughout the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday.

A rescue operation is on since Sunday afternoon in over two dozen residential areas of Srinagar.

All the rescued people narrated stories of the worst nightmares of their lives. They said the cries for help of many others in their areas had stopped, indicating they had either died or had resigned to their fate and knew the chances of their survival were bleak.

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