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Two disheartened citizens observe the ruins by the banks of the overflowing Jhelum
The people of Kashmir- with part of the territory Pakistan-governed, and part Indian-governed has recently been struck by massive natural disasters triggered by flooding, but resulting in collateral damaged, largely mudslides.
The Indian government- the Indian meteorological association deems this to be the wettest March in 100 years, with further warmer temperatures precipitating snow melts, that will add to the already high water levels. Aid has been distributed to the people in addition to sending soldiers to the cities to help evacuate people from their homes. Many say the government did not issue sufficient warning about the expected floods.
A neighborhood in Srinagar after the floods in March
Two waves of flooding have occurred, on in September of 2014, and one more recently in March of 2015. In September, official Indian government figure estimated that as many as 110 people had died, but the figure did not account for those missing or unconfirmed. Together in both Indian and Pakistani regions, the number rises to an estimated 300 people.
In March, the official Indian government figure reported about 50 people dead, but with many homes still flooded, and many families still missing. All business remain closed, and hundreds of families have been evacuated due to worsening conditions due river overflow and rain downpours.
A visual of regions most affected by flooding in September
Thumbnail Photo Credits: The IB Times/ Reuters/ Danish Ismail