India and Pakistan’s northern most states, Jammu & Kashmir and Azad Kashmir are experiencing the worst floods in over a century.
As pointed out by India’s leading environmental think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), damages caused by floods in Srinagar have largely been brought on by development, which the think-tank believes has worsened the flood and ensuing damages in the state. Encroachments by builders on wetlands, lake and water bodies in the regions had been overlooked by the regulators over the decade, which now have caused adverse flood effects and secondly, the state does not have a flood forecasting system, which could have added to the severity of flood damage as control efforts were not put in place beforehand.
So far, over 1,10,000 people in India have been rescued from the area. The death toll stands at 200 in India and 205 in Pakistan although a few regions still haven’t been able to be contacted where thousands people are still stranded across the state.
The damage to the national highway has cut off access to the Kashmir valley; over 50 bridges have been damaged across the state in India. Armed forces - 30,000 soldiers and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - have been deployed to carry out rescue and relief operations.
Around 25 boats flown in to Awantipura air base for South Kashmir rescue ops and are being sent to the affected areas
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Monetary relief from the central as well as the various state governments has been pledged to help those affected by the disaster. More support is required, therefore an appeal is going out to the people to help those in need. India’s Jammu & Kahmir state is open for donations, which can be made under the title of Chief Minister's Flood Relief Fund, J&K, in any branch of J&K Bank in Account No.0110040100001275; IFSC Code JAKAO MOVING or to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. In order to support disaster relief in Pakistan, you can make donations though Google Crisis Response. Do cross check before you make any doantions, as caution is advisable to make sure that the donations reach the needy.
To check out the extent of the horrific damage caused by the floods, Hindustan Times has covered the impact in 50 pictures, which can be seen here.