Kashmiris protest India’s slow response to flood

Kashmiris protest India’s slow response to flood
# 14 September 2014 03:21 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. People in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have staged a protest rally to voice their outrage at New Delhi’s handling of the rescue operations after the worst flooding in over a century hit the Himalayan region, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Thousands of people took to the streets in the Indian-controlled Kashmir and chanted slogans against Indian authorities over their failure to provide proper relief aid to flood-stricken people and the slow process of rescue operations in flooded areas.

More than a week into the deadly disaster, large parts of Srinagar, the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir, are still under water with many people trapped atop their houses.

Since September 3, the destructive monsoon floods have claimed 274 lives in Pakistan and the Pakistani-administered Kashmir, while 200 have been killed in the Indian-administered part of the region.

Many locals say the New Delhi government and security forces have left them to their fate.

“If there is a single stone pelted, there are a hundred police out beating one person. Where are they now? Where are the ministers?” said Megha Dar, a resident living in a temporary camp.

Meanwhile, the scale of the tragedy has left hospitals struggling to cope with the number of patients brought in for treatment of waterborne diseases. Medical centers in the flood-hit areas are in dire need of basic supplies and medicine.

The Indian army has set up 19 relief camps in the city of Srinagar while authorities said 84 transport aircraft and helicopters and 30,000 troops were involved in rescue operations in the territory.