Kashmir Floods: City Stinks, Chaos on Roads

Tasavur Mushtaq

SRINAGAR

As the water recedes from many parts of city, the roadside sight is very pathetic.  Heaps of garbage is lying unattended in various parts of city, much to the embarrassment of the administration.

As Kashmir Life  team travelled to different parts of city, the claim made by government on Monday to have three teams led by senior officers fell flat as there is no sign of managing the filth. The only visible change in few pockets were policemen roaming around and busy in moving vendors from the streets. The other development was single ambulance of health department moving in city announcing inhabitants to take precautions.

Though the signs of normalcy are evident as people have started to move around, but at many places traffic is choked. Vehicles were stranded at the main link to other side of Srinagar at Cement Bridge where carcass of cow is lying in the middle of bridge hindering the movement.

In old city’s  Rajouri Kadal- strong hold of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and  which probably is major relief centre for flood victims, traffic is managed by the local youth with long sticks in their hands.

The waste around makes movement difficult as it is stinking now with stray dogs and mosquitoes hovering around.  A doctor who was present in local relief camp at Hawal said that if the steps are not taken immediately, this would be disastrous, ‘even more than what flood did.’

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