Jammu and Kashmir floods: Toll rises to 175, Army evacuates thousands
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.
Government response to the disaster
Also providing with clean chlorinated water,food packages,tents for shelter,medical facilities etc...
Could the Kashmir floods have been avoided?
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' ?
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.