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Authorities in Kashmir collected the bodies of women and children floating in the streets on Thursday as anger mounted over what many survivors said was a bungled operation to help those caught in the region’s worst flooding in six decades.

 

The ferocity of the deluge appeared to have taken the state administration by surprise, triggering outrage, with the death toll crossing 200 and about 400,000 people still stranded.

Reports of state government officials being heckled by the residents came from all across Srinagar as floodwaters receded. “It is a clear case of mismanagement. Why are the basic supplies still not made available?” asked journalist and author Basharat Peer, who is working as a volunteer in the Valley.

Some people in marooned villages of Jammu’s Rajouri district contested official statements that food packets were air-dropped in these inaccessible areas.

 

Puran Singh, a former minister, trapped in the district’s Kewal village, said he managed to contact the district magistrate who promised rescue but nobody came.

“This is an unprecedented situation. There is no way we could have prepared for it. Operations are being cranked up, supplies are arriving and we are doing our best,” chief minister Omar Abdullah said.

Over 96,000 people have been rescued so far from various parts of the state by the armed forces and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

 

Eighty-four transport aircraft and helicopters of the air force and the army aviation corps have been pressed into service, the defence ministry said.

State chief justice MM Kumar, who lives barely 200 metres away from the chief minister’s official residence in Srinagar, was rescued along with his family after three days.

The ferocity of the deluge appeared to have taken the state administration by surprise, triggering outrage, with the death toll crossing 200 and about 400,000 people still stranded.

Reports of state government officials being heckled by the residents came from all across Srinagar as floodwaters receded. “It is a clear case of mismanagement. Why are the basic supplies still not made available?” asked journalist and author Basharat Peer, who is working as a volunteer in the Valley.

Some people in marooned villages of Jammu’s Rajouri district contested official statements that food packets were air-dropped in these inaccessible areas.

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Puran Singh, a former minister, trapped in the district’s Kewal village, said he managed to contact the district magistrate who promised rescue but nobody came.

“This is an unprecedented situation. There is no way we could have prepared for it. Operations are being cranked up, supplies are arriving and we are doing our best,” chief minister Omar Abdullah said.

Over 96,000 people have been rescued so far from various parts of the state by the armed forces and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

 

Eighty-four transport aircraft and helicopters of the air force and the army aviation corps have been pressed into service, the defence ministry said.

State chief justice MM Kumar, who lives barely 200 metres away from the chief minister’s official residence in Srinagar, was rescued along with his family after three days.

Water supply was partially restored in the Valley and efforts were on to re-establish communication links, both physical and telecom, officials said.

 

The armed forces shifted a mobile tower from Ladakh’s Kargil belt to the state’s summer capital to ensure telephone connectivity in the worst hit Indranagar-Badamibagh-Shivpora areas of Srinagar.

Nearly 2,24,000 litres of water, 2.6 tonnes of biscuits, seven tonnes of baby food, and 31,500 food packets have been air-dropped in flood-affected areas so far.

About 80 medical teams of the armed forces are operating in the state to provide emergency health-care services.

The railways will transport relief material free of charge to Jammu and Kashmir and is running special trains and help desks, including one at Delhi airport’s terminal 3, for stranded passengers.

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