400 000 still marooned in Kashmir floods

2014-09-11 12:37
Kashmiri residents carrying a goat wade through floodwaters in Srinagar, India. (Dar Yasin, AP)

Kashmiri residents carrying a goat wade through floodwaters in Srinagar, India. (Dar Yasin, AP)

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New Delhi - Over 400 000 people were still marooned on Thursday after floods in India-administered Kashmir, while rescue teams struggled to reach survivors and distribute food and water, news reports said.

Some 215 people have died since last week in what has been described as the worst flooding to hit India's Jammu and Kashmir state in a century.

"Unless the flood waters recede completely, and we are able to reach all the submerged areas, we cannot be sure about the exact death toll in these floods", Zee television channel quoted a local official in Srinagar as saying.

"There has been a nearly four feet drop in the water level in the river Jhelum. But a major challenge continued in Srinagar city where nearly 400 000 people are still marooned", IANS news agency quoted a senior government official as saying.

Large parts of the state's summer capital Srinagar were still inundated and more Indian navy and national disaster response force (NDRF) teams flew in to help rescue operations.

Some victims have waited on rooftops for days to be rescued after the floods hit, following days of heavy rains at the start of the month.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway, the key artery in the region connecting the two largest cities, remained closed to traffic for the eighth day and local radio stations and the national broadcaster Doordarshan were still not functioning.

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