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Beyond Embankments

Uttarakhand and Kashmir Floods

The recent floods in Kashmir and Uttarakhand are an eye-opener—short term preventive measures like embankments should be replaced by strengthening of the institutional mechanism and improvement in forecasting and information disseminating systems. 

A few months back, a friend and I were trying to encourage our colleagues to donate for the relief activities of the India-Pakistan flood of September 2014. Barring few, the general response was Why now? The floods are over. They were not an insensitive group of people. They were just victims of a short attention span that natural disasters typically receive from both the governments and the general public. Our memory is short lived, empathies and sympathies limited to the few days that the media chooses to cover the event. Once that phase is over, we go back to the mayhem of our usual lives till we have another flood that throws us off our usual cacophony and compels us to pause.

Therefore it is not surprising that even though the relief and rehabilitation work is still underway in Kashmir and far from complete in the aftermath of the September 2014 floods there is no reporting on this issue. To add to its woes, Kashmir currently finds itself drowning in another deluge.

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