J&K floods: Several areas still under water, residents complain govt not doing enough
SRINAGAR: Seven days after Jammu and Kashmir was hit
by its worst floods in 60 years, several areas continued to remain submerged on
Saturday, including large parts of the state capital, Srinagar.
Although transport in some parts of the city resumed,
many areas like Lal Chowk and Residency Road continued to remain submerged,
with water levels at some places measuring up to 12 feet high.
“It will take weeks to return to normalcy, houses are
still under water and only civil relief workers are visible,” said Javid Ahmad,
a resident of Baghat, targeting the Omar Abdullah government.
With no pumps installed yet to drain out the water,
several residents complained that the government was not doing enough. “It is
seventh day, but the government is not visible, people are still stuck in their
homes at Bemina, Qamarwari and Tengpora localities,” said Nisar Ahmad, whose
relatives are struck at Bemina.
The Valley is also facing a severe shortage of fuel
and arrangements were being made to bring fuel tankers stranded on the national
highway into the city and rural towns, said officials. Although telephone
services have resumed in some parts of the city, the old parts of Srinagar
continue to remain out of coverage.
The Radio Kashmir Srinagar, which had stopped
functioning after water submerged the station that is located on the banks of
Jhelum, in the meantime has resumed its service and is helping people to find
their missing relatives through public announcements.
In another development, political parties on Saturday
came together to issue a joint appeal to individuals and organisations within
and outside the state to help the affected people in “every possible way”. A
resolution was passed at an all-party meeting, convened by Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah to deliberate over flood crisis response, which expressed complete
solidarity with the affected people and resolved to rebuild the state.
After the meeting, Abdullah said all parties were
supportive of the rescue and relief operations. He appreciated the fact that
the parties came together and sent out a joint message. “If NC and PDP can sit
together and send out a joint message, if BJP and Congress can sit together and
send out a joint message, rest of the people too can join hands in this hour of
crisis,” Omar was quoted by PTI as saying.