Srinagar: As the river Jehlum continued to swell on the fourth consecutive day Saturday flooding more areas along its banks in the city outskirts , thousands of people were trapped inside their houses.
With no rescue operation by the authorities in place, there were only cries of neglect as the flood waters mounted miseries for people.
With increasing water flow, the Jehlum saw a breach on its bank at Kandijal during the Saturday night inundating dozens of localities in vicinity including Phoro, Kanihama, Golpora, Samarbugh, Raksalwan, Silbagh, Batapora, Lasjan and others.
“Yesterday, we thought that weather will improve and there will no danger of flood but we saw water entering into our locality at 4 a.m. and by 8 a.m. the ground floor of most of the houses were in water,” said Mohammad Yousuf, a resident of Samarbugh.
He said that his whole family including children and women were trapped inside after shifting to first floor.
“Up to 10 a.m. there was no help from any quarter and at last some volunteers from Nowgam area came along with vehicles to evacuate the people and we managed to come out to the Lasjan Bridge.”
For about four hours, he said, the volunteers evacuated thousands of people including locals and non-locals, most from Bihar.
“Ours is a volunteer organization and when we heard that people are trapped in these areas, we started to lend help to rescue people,” said Irshad Ahmad, one of the volunteers.
The volunteers, he said, tied the ropes on Lasjan Bridge to help the people come on the road and move towards safer places.
“There was no help from the authorities. We would have died in our houses had there been no help from volunteers,” said Firdousa Jan, a lady from Samarbugh who was rescued along with her children by volunteers.
At the same time, hundreds of non-locals were staying on the dividers of the road under plastic sheets with no help from anyone.
“We don’t know where to go now. Lets us see who will come to our rescue,” said Ram Lal, a non local worker from Bihar.
In Lasjan there was one boat kept by authorities in place to evacuate the people. In Nowgam the Army had also put their rescue team with two boats in service.