Unprecedented floods in the Valley of Kashmir had caused the death of at least 17 people by the weekend and affected as many as 700,000 people.
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Background: Unprecedented floods in the Valley of Kashmir had caused the death of at least 17 people by the weekend and affected as many as 700,000 people.
The level of the River Jahlum rose to the highest mark ever recorded, and among the fearful statistics more than 100,000 acres of farmland have been swamped and over 6,000 houses swept away.
As the capital, Srinagar, was cut off the State Government decided to ask Delhi to send in a team to survey the damage. A massive rescue operation was underway to reach stranded villagers. Border security forces, with assault boats, were among those taking part in the operation.
SYNOPSIS: Four days of non-stop torrential rain in Kashmir Valley has caused some of the worst floods ever recorded. With the capital, Srinagar, cut off the state government was asking New Delhi to send in experts to assess the situation.
The statistics were frightening. Around the capital, more than three-hundred villages Were flooded, at least six-thousand houses swept away and an estimated seven-hundred thousand people affected by the floodwater. Early casualty figures placed the number of people killed by the floods at seventeen.
While villagers tried to salvage what they could, the authorities were mounting a major operation. Among the units taking part were border security forces, who were using special assault boats. Helicopters were reported in use for desperate rescue operations. The Indian Defence Ministry said it had reached agreement with Pakistan to bring help to victims of disputed Kashmiri territory by using the helicopters of both sides, and ignoring frontiers.