INDIA TODAY

DECEMBER 6,2014

Jammu and Kashmir floods: Toll rises to 175, Army evacuates thousands

Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades with rivers in the region in spate due to days of incessant rain. Nearly 175 people have died and thousands are stranded across the state, including Srinagar. The army and NDRF have launched a massive rescue mission, airlifting the affected people to safety. The prime minister has called the floods a national calamity.



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THE STORY BEHIND THE FLOODS


J&K floods cause :


Jammu and Kashmir continues to reel under its worst floods in 60 years, which have stranded over 6 lakh people and killed about 200, the attention is slowly veering towards the reasons and causes behind this unprecedented natural disaster. An analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) suggests that this could very well be another manifestation of an extreme weather event – induced by a changing climate.


“The Kashmir floods are a grim reminder that climate change is now hitting India harder. In the last 10 years, several extreme rainfall events have rocked the country, and this is the latest calamity in that series,” said Chandra Bhushan, CSE deputy director general and the head of its climate change team.

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Government response to the disaster

The Armed Forces humanitarian assistance mission, in response to J and K floods 2014 was named Mission Sahayata(assistances). Norther Command humanitarian assistance in response to J&K floods 2014 to Civil authorities in J&K was named 'Operation MEGH RAHAT'. The Indian Army, Air Force, and the Navy, committed large resources to the assistance mission including over 30,000 troops ( 21,000 in Srinagar, and 9000 in Jammu), 15 engineer task forces, 84 Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps fixed wing transport aircraft and helicopters, naval commandos and rescue specialists, and Base Hospital, four field hospitals, over 106 medical detachments. "Operation Megh Rahat", ended on 19 September 2014, but "Operation Sadbhavna", the relief and medical assistance support, according to government press release, will continue in "close synergy with the civil administration and the police".

Also providing with clean chlorinated water,food packages,tents for shelter,medical facilities etc...

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Could the Kashmir floods have been avoided?

A month after floods devastated India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, issues of environmental negligence, government blame games and lack of warning systems are at the centre of furious debate.

Could the floods have been averted? Did the people of India’s Jammu and Kashmirstate pay for the government’s apathy in overlooking basic environmental safeguards and not reacting on time? A disaster was clearly in the making but where was the preparation for it?It’s been a month since floods in the Himalayan state killed more than 280 people, left many thousands homeless and damaged property worth Rs.1 trillion (US$16 billion).With questions growing over governmental apathy, environmental negligence and flaws in reading the warning signs, officials say they are still clueless about the why and how of the worst floods in Kashmir valley’s recorded history.Whereas the disaster would have been avoided if the lack of warning signs,disaster preparedness,coordination and cooperation,flood control programme etc..would not have been the BIG reasons for the disaster.


How did the flood impact ' India's Economy' ?

Horrific disasters like this not only act as a wake up call that there is an urgent need to once again balance the ecosystem, but also bring people closer and test the courage of the country to stand tall and united whenever the need arises. We take a look at how the entire country has come together for Jammu and Kashmir flood relief.


Over Rs. 5,000 cr. loss to J&K due to floods: Assocham

nitial estimated loss to hotels, trade, agriculture — horticulture, roads and bridges in Jammu and Kashmir regions is Rs. 2,630 crore

Devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir have caused an immediate loss of Rs. 5,400-5,700 crore to the state’s economy, with heavy damages to trade, hotels, restaurants, horticulture and handicraft, according to initial estimates of industry body Assocham.

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