India Pakistan Flood Toll Hits 400, Thousands Still Stranded

September 9, 2014 by  

India Pakistan Flood Toll Hits 400, Thousands Still Stranded, Emergency workers battled Tuesday to reach hundreds of thousands of people marooned by floods in India and Pakistan that have claimed more than 400 lives, as anger grew over the speed of the rescue effort.

The army said it was airlifting boats to the worst-hit areas of Indian Kashmir, where whole villages have been submerged and an estimated 400,000 people are stranded in the region’s worst flooding for half a century.

“The situation in Kashmir Valley is still very grim, it is quite critical,” said Rajesh Kumar, police Inspector General of the Jammu region in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

“I don’t know how many exactly, but there are many stuck in neck-deep water and need help as soon as possible,” he told AFP.

But with large parts of the state — including the capital Srinagar — underwater, rescuers were struggling to find enough vessels to ferry stranded people to safety.

The home ministry said over 260 boats have been deployed, while the army said 100 were being airlifted from New Delhi.

But many Srinagar residents said they were left to fend for themselves in the fast-flowing floods when rescue workers failed to arrive.

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