Panic in Pictures

With flood panic making rounds in valley, the scenes in and around Srinagar were akin to last year’s September floods. Amid downpour, Bilal Bahadur captures the panic-stricken city centre Lal Chowk

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At Lal Chowk, people were fuming over the defunct drainage system that ensured water-logging in major parts of Lal Chowk in a jiffy.
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Hari Singh High Street is now a literal swimming pool.
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Water-logged streets turned walking into wading.
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By emptying his shop from stock, this shopkeeper is avoiding the doom like situation created by September floods last year.
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Those are no happy scenes outside their shops to glimpse.
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Even crossing was cumbersome.
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As drizzle continues, Lal Chowk is slowly turning into a pool.
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Today, it is wading than walking on the deluged roads of Lal Chowk.
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When last checked, the water level had reached knee-height.
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For a day, a mere water show was on display at the gutted Palladium Cinema.
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Many are hoping that cars shouldn’t get replaced by boats any time sooner.
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In the face of marching waters, many shopkeepers put up resistance by draining out water.
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In the water-logged city centre, everything was naturally shut.
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A wade back home.
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And then, MLA Amira Kadal and Minister Public Works, Altaf Bukhari showed up at Lal Chowk with his team to access the situation.

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