Written by: Ms.Natasha Rather, Project Coordinator, Kashmir
Edited by : Communications Team
Kashmir: In the wake of the recent floods in Kashmir, in response to the need of the affected families, 1,17,910 PUR water purification sachets were distributed to 11,733 families in 53 villages in Baramulla and Bandipora district and 3 urban pockets in Srinagar. Although, situations have improved as the rains abated but land sinking and subsidence became a bigger cause of concern. Houses started collapsing forcing many families out of their homes to relief camps. The emerging needs from the affected areas were for food and non food items, cash assistance and WASH kits.
Heavy rains lashed the valley of Kashmir again in the month of April, 2015, bringing back memories of the ravaging deluge and horrific floods of September 2014 that turned the valley into a huge lake. In Bandipora and Baramulla several villages were inundated adding to the woes of the people who were still dealing with the aftermath of the 2014 floods. This inundation of the villages was caused by the swelling up of Ferozpur Nallah and Nallah Ameer Khan, which are two tributaries of the Jhelum. In Srinagar, Dal Lake reached a level of 12.7 feet which is .2 feet above the alarm level, forcing the inhabitants of the Dal interiors to evacuate to relief camps, and the famous Boulevard Road alongside the Dal Lake got inundated. The initiative was supported by CAID, GLOBALMEDIC and Aquaplus.