Flood wreckage, Govt ineptness galore

Srinagar: As flooding water entered Karannagar area in the heart of the city, the inhabitants fled their homes for safety without caring for belongings.
Days after returning back, they are now struggling to assemble together things that actually make their homes.
“It is difficult to see it like this,” Gulshana Akhtar says, pointing towards her damaged kitchen, thick with foul-smelling sludge.
“This was our home and look at it now. It is awful,” Gulshana says, as she picks her way through scattered muddied cutlery, grimy curtains and mucky carpet flooring and cushions.
“What will we do now,” Gulshana says as tears trickled down her face and is quickly consoled by two daughters, who themselves find hard to hide their emotions.
“Everything will be back, it’s only about time,” they say as they console their mother.
Gulshana’s is one of many households that had to evacuate suddenly when flood waters swamped the locality.
As the flood water has now receded considerably, situation in all homes looks same even as some have developed cracks, making them vulnerable for living.
At the roadside, shopkeepers continued to salvage some stock from the ruins just as future worries galore for them.
“We have simply been numbed by the experience.  There is a total devastation. We have to now start from scratch,” Muneer Ahmad, a shopkeeper said.
“All eyes are on government’s package and it will actually define future course as far as we are concerned,” Muneer, flanked by adjoining shopkeepers, told Kashmir Reader.
As one walks towards Jahangir Chowk, boats still operate towards the interiors of shaheedgunj locality while men toil hard to construct an iron bridge to replace one washed away by the flood near the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
In the same area, hundreds of people continued to visit Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department despite Sunday, inquiring about ration distribution in their localities.
“From last four days, storekeeper of our ration depot has been comforting us that supplies will reach soon and we are here to inquire when as most of us have nothing left now,” said Mukhtar Ahmad, one of a group of residents from Bota Kadal in Lalbazar area in outskirts of Srinagar.
In city’s commercial hub, the shopkeepers had to wade their way through the inundated streets especially near Ghantaghar as government failed to de-water the area, two weeks after deluge flooded it.
“It is highly unfortunate that sitting government is unable to dewater the area and enable us to salvage whatever little is left in our shops,” said Bashir Ahmad, who owns a photography shop.
“See we have actually lost count of loss suffered by us due to the nature’s fury and all we want at this point is that Lal Chowk to be dewatered but the administration is nowhere is in sight,” Ashok Kumar Gupta, another shopkeeper said, requesting government to de-water the area immediately.