ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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More Tears for Kashmir

The devastation caused by the floods could have been avoided with better planning.

The worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in more than half a century have brought immense misery to the people living in both parts of the state divided by one of the most militarised of borders. Unseasonal and extremely heavy rainfall – a consequence of climate change as experts argue – has resulted in floods for which the administration as well as the people were clearly unprepared. If it was Uttarakhand which bore the brunt of a monsoon burst last year, it is J&K and areas across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan this year. Is the present state of affairs merely a case of the administration not being prepared for floods and other natural disasters? From the repeated pattern of human tragedy in the past few years, it seems that this is indeed so.

Reports have suggested that there were warnings about a possible flood that were never heeded. The scale of the disaster itself could be attributed to poor resource management and lack of any planning.

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