INDIA: Massive dewatering operations have been launched in the flood-hit areas of Srinagar where some places still lay submerged under 10 feet water nearly two weeks after Jammu and Kashmir was ravaged by floods, as authorities on Monday stepped up efforts to restore normalcy in the Valley.
As fears grew over potential spread of water-borne diseases with flood-waters receding, the demand for filtered water has also increased. Twenty RO plants with a capacity to filter four lakh litres per day from Hyderabad and four RO plants from Delhi with a capacity to filter one lakh litre per day are being rushed to Srinagar, Defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami said.
Authorities said the situation has improved vastly in the Jammu region. In many instances, people have left the camps and returned home. Some houses, though, are still submerged.
While the officials claimed that it was a positive development, people alleged that they were returning home as conditions at relief camps were very bad, and it was difficult to live there. In some places, the people had taken their cattle to relief camps too, making matters worse for the authorities as well as those sheltered there.
Zahiruddin, a senior journalist who has been trapped in Magharmal Bagh, asked: “Where will I go? It is better to be in the second floor of my house than going to a relief camp. We have been able to get some food, and are surviving on it.”