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September 28, 2014
At least 88 people have been killed and over 10 lakh displaced in flood-hit Assam and Meghalaya.
… The NDRF chief said in Assam the worst affected areas are the districts of Goalpara, Kamrup (rural) and Boko alongwith some adjoining areas, whereas in Meghalaya, the areas of Tura and seven districts in Garo Hills area are the worst-hit.
“There has been massive destruction in these areas due to flood waters,” he said.
The NDRF which is operating 16 teams in the two states has rescued close to 6,000 people and distributed 80 quintals of food and other essential items to the people who are marooned.
September 26, 2014
At least 80 people have been killed in Assam and Meghalaya after the recent flash floods and landslides.
… Most rural roads in Meghalaya are badly damaged, and even those that have been re-opened, are slush-ridden, making it impossible for trucks with essential supplies to travel.
Rescue and relief teams too are facing huge problems in reaching the rural areas of Garo Hills, a region badly hit by landslides. The flash floods, triggered off by a massive cloud-burst in South West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya on Sunday night,
caused landslides throughout the region.
The Meghalaya government has said it is working on an emergency plan to get oil tankers and trucks carrying essential supplies into the affected areas at the earliest.
NDTV met a group of truck drivers who have been camping in Rari, on National Highway 51 that leads to Tura, for the past five days. Heavy vehicles are as of now not allowed to travel any further on the highway.
Manoj Mandal, one of the truck drivers, told us, “We appeal to the administration to help us. It is difficult to even find one kg of rice in the shops here.”
In Assam too, almost 100 roads and bridges have been damaged in the last week, and boats are the only way to reach the far flung areas.
The water-level of flash floods in Goalpara district in Assam, triggered off by a massive cloud-burst in South West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya on Sunday night, has started receding, but not before leaving behind a trail of destruction.
While at least 40 persons have lost their lives in the Garo Hills in Meghalaya, as many as 26 bodies have been fished out from the water in Goalpara and Kamrup districts in Assam in the past two days. Confirming this, Assam forest minister Rakibul Hussain said the final death figure could be much more because many people are reportedly missing and suspected to have been washed away. “Many villages are still totally submerged, with water flowing above the roofs. Rescue teams have yet to cover all the affected villages,” Hussain said.
Though columns of the Army and BSF are pressed into rescue operations alongside the NDRF and SDRF teams, they have not been able to reach out because most villages are still submerged, the minister pointed out. The number of cattle and other domestic animals washed away are yet to be ascertained.
In Goalpara, of the 14 bodies recovered so far, two are infants, they being Apsara Hujuri (one year two months) and Prakash Rabha (two years six months). The dead also include five women, Hussain said. In Kamrup district on the other hand 12 bodies have been recovered so far. With five deaths in Guwahati city and one in Dhubri, the total death toll in the last three days’ floods in Assam has gone up to 31.
The flood waters came down like a huge wall several metres high and even washed away trucks and cars off the NH 37 for several hundred metres.
In Krishnai, Dudhnoi and Bolbola, all highway townships, trucks, cars and other vehicles are lying strewn by the roadside after the floodwaters were gone.
Minister Hussain, who visited Goalpara and Kamrup today said at least six lakh population have been affected by floods in the two districts in since Sunday night. While four lakh have been affected in Kamrup, 2.11 lakh have been affected in Goalpara. About 1.4 lakh people have been put up in relief camps while thousands have taken shelter under the open sky on the highway and other roads.
“We have never seen such devastation before. Many survivors have lost their belongings and many families have been displaced. We have not been able to make a full assessment. Relief materials have been sent to some villages. National Highway 51 connecting Tura town that connects National Highway 37 at Paikan in Assam’s Goalpara district has been damaged at several locations,” he said. …
Sep 21, 2014
Seven people, including a baby, lost their lives and three are still missing as heavy flash floods hit rural areas of Mandalay and Sagaing divisions on Friday morning.
Speaking to DVB on Friday, Katha-based writer Hercules said that three people were killed when a flash flood swept them away in the middle of the night in Inn Daw Township in Katha, Sagaing Division.
“Torrential rains started at 2:55am on Friday and continued for about three hours. Rainfall measured 4.92 inches,” he said. “A strong flash flood developed from a mountain stream and it destroyed five houses.
Two women were carried away in the current, a 58-year-old mother and her 20-year-old daughter. Their bodies were discovered among some bushes at around 10 the next morning.
“In the afternoon, the body of 47-year-old Ko Yan Aye was found. But nobody else has been reported missing. Some cows were killed, and lots of paddy fields were inundated. All the concrete and iron bridges in the area were destroyed.”
Hercules said that this was the worst flooding that Katha has ever endured. The Katha news and information officer for the National League for Democracy (NLD), Shin Tant, told DVB that the whole town had been swamped by the flood.
“At around 5:30am this morning a stream inundated the town and left most houses and the local market underwater,” he said by telephone on Friday.
“Most areas were two or three feet underwater. We believe that the reason for the flash flood is
the depletion of forests upstream [on the Irrawaddy River] in Kachin State.”
Flash floods and deaths were also reported in villages in Sinku Township in Mandalay Division.
Four people including a baby were declared missing after water broke through a small dam at a gold mine, said Sinku’s NLD information officer Maung Maung Win. He said that the body of the baby was later recovered.
“A joint-venture gold mine company had blocked the stream,” he said. “Local residents had previously told them not to do it, but they didn’t listen.
When the torrential rains came down, the weight of the water broke the dyke and flooded the villages downstream. Silt and sand covered everything up to eight or nine feet deep.
“Four people were carried away in the current,” Maung Maung Win said. “The child’s body has been found but the others are still missing.”
This was the worst ever flood in Sinku, he said, adding that almost all of the 100 households in Yay Myat village were destroyed, and that he was still waiting for details of any casualties…
Published on Sep 19, 2014
Published on Sep 19, 2014
Srinagar, Sep 15
An epidemic threat is looming large over flood hit Srinagar with thousands of carcasses of livestock lying dead in the streets of the summer capital.
In Army’s largest dairy farm at Bemina on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, bodies of hundreds of Jersy cows and buffaloes are lying unattended for the past eight days after the flood hit the city.
The farm opposite to the Army’s cantonment, Toto Ground, is spread over hundreds of kanals of land in the middle of residential area.
Doctors termed the situation as “very threatening” saying if the dead animals were not removed and buried along with decomposing agents, the situation could lead to an epidemic outbreak.
“This situation is a breeding ground for deadly diseases like cholera, hepatitis and typhoid,” said a known doctor at SMHS hospital.
A young boy who identified himself as Saifullah Gulzar of Al-Shakir colony, Bemina said there were 370 cows and buffaloes in the Army run farm. He said the farm got submerged on Sunday (September 7).
“The main gate of the farm was closed which led to the death of the animals. Only seven cows could be saved while they were being washed away by floods,” said Gulzar.
While most of the carcasses have got stuck in the mud and flood water in the farm, many of them which were washed away by the flood were lying on the roadside, on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.
With water level receding and sun shining bright, hundreds of dogs and vultures are preying on these carcasses. The whole area stinks and people moving on the road by foot or in vehicles cover their mouths to avoid the stinking smell.
“It is becoming very dangerous day-by-day to return to our homes due to this stink and there are chances of deadly diseases taking places due to these unattended carcasses,” said another local Shabir Ahmad. “Some of the families which had returned went back due to the epidemic threat in the area. We are not allowing our children to enter this entire area.”
In posh Raj Bagh area which is one of the areas worst hit by floods, carcasses of dogs were floating on the flood water. Groups of crows and other carnivore birds were feeding on these dead dogs at many places along the Jawahar Nagar-Raj Bagh road.
“If you move into the interiors of Rajbagh, you will find scores of dead dogs floating around. They have become a source of disease,” said Hashim Ahmad, member of a volunteer group from Ikhrajpora, carrying rescue and relief operations in the inundated Raj Bagh and Jawahar Nagar.
The situation is equally worse in Lasjan on the Srinagar outskirts which remained completely submerged for many days as the area is located on the Jhelum River embankment.
A foul smell is emanating from the locality as people walking along the bund cover their mouth. “First the flood ravaged us and now the government has abandoned us. The entire area has become a death trap,” said a local Mubashir Hussain.
The bodies of dead animals like dogs and cows and poultry birds were floating on inundated roads at many places in the city on Monday including Hyderpora-Tengpora road, Iqbal Park-LD road.
Another senior doctor said the government should remove the carcasses from the roads at the war-footing and bury them as soon as possible. “They can be even burnt also,” the doctor said.
None of the ministers or government officials concerned could be reached at for their comment over the situation due to poor telecommunication network in Kashmir.
All is not lost
The flood has taken lives. It has destroyed livelihood. It has demolished public and private assets. It has devastated the state economy. It has doomed the state government.
But the flood that shook every foundation in sight has laid a new foundation: That of rebuilding the Kashmiri nation. Not just literally but metaphorically.
With the devastating flood, the new next generation of Kashmiris has come of age. The youth have taken control. They are in charge. And how!
What this has done for the rest of us is to restore our confidence in our own abilities. It may not have yet secured our future; but it has certainly given us hope.
Of course, as we stand today here amidst devastation, there are only notions of home, work, and safety; there is the reality of shock, grief, stress and exhaustion.
But then there is also a new spirit of concern, compassion and camaraderie.
This spirit is being demonstrated on the streets of Srinagar as elsewhere on a daily basis by the young volunteers.
True. These qualities are not unique to us and our community; these are human traits, exhibited by people all over. …
Published on Sep 16, 2014
Isinailalim na sa state of calamity ang bayan ng La Paz sa Tarlac dahil sa baha. Ilang lungsod at bayan naman sa Pangasinan ang lubog din sa baha kahit wala nang bagyo.
Translated by Google:
Placed under a state of calamity in the city of La Paz in Tarlac due to floods. Some cities and towns also in Pangasinan flood also submerged though no storm.
Sep 13, 2014
The district administration has restored the road link of 85 far-off flooded villages of Bajwat, Narowal and Gujrat districts while 28 villages of Chawinda are still disconnected, an officialdom claimed.
… Floods in swollen River Chenab and River Tavi had disconnected these villages two weeks ago…
The swollen River Tavi had eroded two bridges over River Tavi near Chaprar during the flash flood, due to which these 20 villages were disconnected from the rest of Sialkot district.
MNA narrated that in Pasrur tehsil, 28 villages of Chawinda were still lying disconnected from the both neighbouring Sialkot and Narowal districts for the last two weeks, as the flash flood in Nullah Dek had eroded the small sized bridge at Kamalpur Bajwa -Chawinda village connecting to these villages.
He said that local affected people have demanded the early reconnection of these villages in this regard.
Sialkot is faced with great shortage of vegetables after flash flood in River Chenab and River Tavi, which have eroded vegetables on 50,000 acres of land in the region.
Sialkot is a hub of vegetables for their consumption to the local markets in Head Marala, Bella Belt, Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Bajwat, Satrah, Pasrur, Badiana, Chawinda, Zafarwal and surrounding areas along the banks of River Chenab and River Tavi.
Now, there is no supply of locally produced vegetables in the region and the traders are buying vegetables from the other parts of the country to meet the local consumption.
The situation resulted in the shortage of the vegetables in Sialkot region.
However, the local traders and shopkeepers are selling the vegetables at exorbitant rates…
Published on Sep 13, 2014
Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said on Saturday.
Controlled Breach on Chenab River
According to local media, Pakistan authorities have been attempting to ease pressure on embankments and dykes by making controlled breaches along the Chenab River near Trimmu.
The aim of the breach was mainly to save the Jhang city and Trimmu Headworks.
As many as 200 village in the area are likely to suffer flooding as a result, affecting 200,000 people.
Sep 14, 2014
Severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Sunday, killing the bridegroom and 17 others, officials said.
Senior police officer Mian Tanvir from the nearby city of Multan said the army-run boat carrying over 30 people capsized when it hit debris from a dike that had been blown up earlier in the day to divert waters away from urban areas.
“Divers are searching for the remainders,” he said, adding that 18 passengers had been rescued. The army later said in a statement that an officer had drowned while helping in rescue efforts.
Local television showed footage of emergency workers and the wailing father of the bridegroom. The bride was among the rescued.
“We were many people in the boat and water started seeping in and eventually it overturned,” she told a reporter from a local television channel, which did not give her name. “I don’t know who survived and whom we lost.”
Separately, three people drowned in the area overnight, senior provincial rescue official Ali Imam Syed said. The deaths, combined with those from the boat tragedy, brought the overall death toll from flooding in Pakistan to 301, he added.
Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for Pakistan’s disaster management agency, said the heavy rains and flooding had also injured more than 500 people in Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir. He said more than 2 million people had been affected.
Some 276,681 people have been evacuated from flood-hit areas while
- 1.4 million acres of crops and
- more than 40,000 houses have been either partly or completely destroyed in over 3,000 villages, he added.
Published on Sep 11, 2014
Indian Air Force helicopters continue rescue efforts on to evacuate people stranded in flooded areas in Indian Kashmir.
The flooding began earlier this month, causing landslides.
More than a million people have been affected, with thousands losing their homes to the rising water.
Published on Sep 12, 2014
As the situation aggravates in the flood ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir, there have been widespread reports of theft and stone pelting at the relief choppers.
September 13, 2014
When calamity strikes, it does not discriminate. This was on ample display when floods ravaged Kashmir.
Along with civilian population, security forces deployed here from various parts of the country were also hit badly. They lost their belongings and their weapons were damaged or left useless after water entered their camps across the Kashmir Valley.
Hundreds of AK rifles, INSAS rifles and SLR rifles, along with their ammunition, are still submerged at various places across the Kashmir Valley, so are bombs, hand grenades etc.
… “We got orders to leave everything and save our lives,” said one of them, explaining how weapons remained in the submerged building complex. With water level receding somewhat, they are now make rounds of their complex to locate the weapons.
“Rifles can made reusable again by oiling and servicing as also the ammunition. However, bombs and hand grenades would be of no use now,” said another security man on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to media.
Similar was the fate of army camps in other places in the Valley.
However, as they come to terms with what happened, their colleagues work almost round-the-clock to save marooned civilians and deliver relief material to those who refuse to come out of their submerged houses for fear of theft and looting.