Full text of the Report submitted by Ad Mian Abdul Qayoom , President J&K High Court Association as a member of the committee to evaluate the Relief work in J&K after recent Floods ..Sept 2014
BEFORE THE HON’BLE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
In the case of:
WP(C) No. 826 of 2014.
VASUNDHARA PATHAK MASSODI.
UNION OF INDIA & OTHERS.
In the matter of: Report of the committee constituted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 24-09-2014.
May it please your lordships,
The Committee constituted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 24-09-2014 submits its report as under:-
1/ That in compliance to the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated: 24-09-2014, the members of the Committee namely:
- Shri Suresh Kumar Sharma,
High Court of Jammu and Kashmir,
(as Convenor of the Committee),
- Mr. Mian Abdul Qayoom,
High Court Bar Association, Srinagar,
- Mr. M.K. Bhardwaj,
High Court Bar Association, Jammu.
- Mr. Sanjay Agarwal,
Director, Disaster Management,
Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi,
- Mr. VinodKoul,
Secretary, Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation,
Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
met on 29-09-2014 at Srinagar. After having a threadbare discussion and after going through the orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 15-09-2014, 18-09-2014 and 24-09-2014, the members of the Committee unanimously decided to visit different hospitals of Srinagar city first and thereafter go to those areas where flood has created havoc and also the areas which are still under water. It was decided by the Committee to visit Bone and Joint Hospital, Barzulla, LalDed Hospital, and other Hospitals on 30-09-2014 at 10:00 A.m.
2/ Bone and Joint Hospital, Sringar.
The members of the Committee reached Bone and Joint Hospital, Barzulla, Srinagar on 30-09-2014 at 10:30 A.M. The principal, Government Medical Collage, Srinagar and other staff were already there.
The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital namely, Dr. Shabir Ahmad informed the members of the committee that Hospital was functional upto 05-09-2014. He stated that this is 200 bedded hospital and 90% beds had been occupied by the patients on that day. He stated that on 05-09-2014 at about 5:00 P.M. flood water started entering the hospital. He stated that he shifted the patients from ground floor to first floor and on that day 150 patients were in the hospital before the entering of water in the Hospital. He stated that ground floor was marooned by 2 feet water. He stated that when the flood water entered the hospital, he beside shifting the patients on the first floor, discharged old patients. 80 patients who remained in the hospital were evacuated to Nursing Home at Gupkar on 06-09-2014 as the entire hospital was marooned in flood water. He stated that for 8 days, they remained at Nursing home, Gupkar and thereafter 46 patients were shifted back to this Hospital. These 46 patients were accommodated in the 1st and 2nd floor of this hospital where flood water had not entered. He stated that two X-Ray machines were submerged in the water. However, one machine was set right immediately. He stated that hospital was cleaned on 18-09-2014 and OPD started functioning. He stated that all the patients shifted back to this hospital have been discharged and those who needed surgery were operated. He stated that no Doctor or para-medical staff from outside the state has come over here. He stated that we were offered help but as we had enough faculty, we did not accept the same. He stated that for indoor patients, we have enough stock of medicines and as on date, there are 123 indoor patients. He stated that Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Health Department wanted that Gynae Department should be started in the Bone and Joint Hospital for the time being. We, therefore, decided to divide he hospital in to two parts. The bigger portion of the hospital was earmarked for Orthopedicpatients and smaller portion for the Gynae Department. He stated that for the last 08 days, LalDed Hospital is functioning from Bone and Joint Hospital. He stated that faculty of Gynae department has conducted 75 operations at Bone and Joint Hospital till date. He stated that there is a maternity unit at Sanatnagar which was all along functional. Maternity unit at Sanat Nagar is 50 bedded and is a unit of L.D. Hospital and half of the staff of L.D Hospital is working there and half is working here. He stated that maternity Unit at Sanat Nagar did not function for few days and started functioning on 8-9-2014. He stated that we have received some medicines from so many voluntary organizations and most of the drugs have been supplied by the students of Government Medical College working outside and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He stated that some Organizations have told us to send some ambulances to the airport for receiving drugs, but as we have enough stock, therefore we did not accept the same. We have sufficient stock of medicines and there was no problem of medicines for indoor patients of the Hospital.
Dr. ManzoorHalwai, Head of Department, Bone and Joint Hospital stated that he is residing at Hyderpor and his house also remained under flood waters for three days. He stated that there was no one in the hospital for three days. When hospital was marooned and when patients were evacuated, he was here. He,however stated that since some of the doctors reside on Zakura and Lal Bazar side, therefore, they came to Gupkar to treat the patients.
It was stated by Dr. Manzoor that patients are not in a position to purchase implant. He stated that Government should provide Rs. 1.00 crore for purchase of these plants for the patients. He also stated that one digital radiography machine should also be provided to the hospital.
Dr. RafiqPampori, Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar stated that Government has sanctioned Rs. 8.96 crores fir building the infrastructure of the Hospitals. The allotment of funds has been made on 26-09-2014 and authorization for utilizing these funds has been given on 28-9-2014. He stated that he has placed order for purchase of two X-Ray machines with the Siemens Col and delivery of the machines is expected within 10 days. He stated that one of the X-Ray machines will be given to the Bone and Joint Hospital. He also stated that from the SDR funds, Rs. 10.00 lacs have been given to the Medical Superintendents of Hospitals in the city and Rs. 5.00 lacs in the Districts. He stated that the hospital is facing water problem. Water tankers provide water to the Hospital. It was also stated that earlier water was provided from Doodh Ganga Supply line but due to floods, supply of the water to the Hospital has stopped. The concerned Secretary Mr. PawanKotwal stated that Doodh Ganga Supply Line has now been restored and the PHE Department has installed one Reverse Ormosis (RO) from Government of Telangana in the Hospital premises for drinking purposes.
3/ LalDed Hospital, presently functional at B&J Hospital:
Chief Medical Officer of LalDed Hospital, who is Incharge of Gynae unit in Bone and Joint Hospital, who met the members of the Committee, stated that on 5-09-2014, she was on duty at L. D. Hospital, Srinagar and when flood entered the hospital, patients were shifted from ground floor to the first floor of the Hospital. She along with HOD Gynae, Deputy Medical Superintendent and 15 to 20 staff members were also there. She said that Gynae unit started at Bone and Joint Hospital on 19-09-2014. She stated that on account of medicine, she does not have any problem. However, she stated that ultra sound machine, which is a must for Gynae patients, is not here. Besides Ultra Sound Machine, she also needs ambulance because they have to ask for ambulance from maternity unit Sanat Nagar. She stated that blood bank is functional and blood is provided by the Hospital. She further stated that 70 operations have been conducted since 19-9-2012 till date i.e. as on 30-09-2014 out of whom, 18 patients are on ground floor and 06 are on the first floor. She stated that the Gynae unit has also 19 Post Graduate students from Jammu but they have not as yet reported on duty. She stated that she needs the following machines:-
- Gynae operation table;
- Delivery table;
- Ultrasound machine;
- Anaesthesia drugs;
She also stated that she is short of manpower. She stated that she also worked voluntarily at Sanat Nagar. She stated that she had only 10 beds in the recovery room. She stated that sanitation and sterilization of theatre is also required. She stated that there is no threat of epidemic and because of shortage of equipments, they are changing their techniques of working. She also stated that here the storage of drugs is also not proper, because Gynae unit has no ICU facility and no neonatology facility is available here. There is no ventilator or incubator. She stated that we need two critical care ambulances. She stated that no neonatology death has taken place in the Hospital.
The Committee members were informed that there is no qualified Radiologist in the Hospital. Senior Technicians and Technicians are conducting X-Rays. There is only one X-Ray machine functional in the hospital. Medico-legal cases are only seen by the Radiologist. He is called twice in a weak. It was stated that persons like Syed Ali Shah Geelani have provided 50 points of blood to the hospital voluntarily.
The members of the Committee met some of the patients in the Hospital. One Showkat Ahmad R/O Bandipora who was admitted on 26-09-2014 and who had been operated on 29-09-2014 stated that only drip and injections were given to him by the Hospital. Other medicines were purchased by him from the market. He stated that Reyaz Ahmad, his brother, his attendant has to go to market, leaving him alone to eat his food. When asked, the Superintendent of the Hospital stated that food to the attendant of the patient has been stopped 4/5 years back. He stated that for X-Ray, Rs. 150/- is charged. However, option is given to the patient, whether he would pay or not. He stated that he was given food in the form of cooked rice and daal and no tea, milk or non-vegetarian food has been given to him from 26-9-2014. Similar statements were given by Mrs. Ashia R/O Kulgam, aged 70+ years and Abdul Hamid R/O Safakadal, Srinagar.
Abdul Hamid stated that he was admitted in the hospital on 19-09-2014 as he met with an accident with an oil tanker. Since there is no facility of tests, he was taken to SKIMS Soura, Srinagar for the same. After conducting tests, he was brought back to the Bone and Joint Hospital, but again he was sent to SKIMS Soura, for further tests. He stated that he has spent Rs. 15,000/- on the purchase of medicines from market. The statement of Abdul Hamid was refuted by Dr. Manzoor Ahmad, Head of department, who stated that the patient is sick and has so many problems, therefore, he was sent to Soura twice.
We also met Manzoor Ahmad of Kulgam who has sustained hip fracture while saving his house-hold from his house where flood water had entered. He stated that he has spent Rs. 3,000/- on purchase of medicine.
Ali Mohammad Bhat R/O Soibug, Budgam stated that he has suffered an injury while taking his family out from his house during floods. He stated that when he was admitted in the Hospital, Doctor told him to arrange Rs. 80,000/- for surgery. He stated that as his house is in shambles, he told them that he cannot arrange Rs.80,000/-. He stated that doctors there-after told him to purchase at least implants worth Rs. 5000/- from market. He said that he purchased implant from market with great difficulty and it was only there-after that he was operated.
The Committee also visited the Blood Bank of the Hospital and saw that here are six refrigerators and only four are working. Staff of the Blood Bank told the committee that there are 57 points of blood available in the bank. They stated that Blood Bank has no Blood Collection Monitor or Blood Sealer. They stated that they immediately need two Blood Collection Monitors, one Blood sealer and two Refrigerators.
4/ Maternity Centre, Sanat Nagar, Srinagar:
Next we went to the Maternity Centre Sanat Nagar, Srinagar. Dr. Nazir Ahmad Deputy Medical Superintendent who is actually Deputy Medical Superintendent, G.B.Pant Hospital, but has been posted in the Maternity Centre for the last ten days, stated that we have seven doctors in the maternity Centre who have been deputed by LalDed Hospital, Srinagar. Dr. ShahnazTeing, HOD Gynecology and Obstetrics, LalDed Hospital, Srinagar who was in the maternity Centre stated that on 6/7th September 2014, she was called by the Medical Superintendent, LalDed Hospital Srinagar at about 12 p.m and when when she reached Hospital, she found that there was some trickling of rain in the Medical Superintendent’s office. The surgeries were, however, going on. Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar also reached there at 2.30 p.m. In the morning, the Medical Superintendent said that flood water has entered the hospital but it will recede after three hours. She stated that since the flood water was raising rapidly, she talked to Suraya Abdullah and then to the Chief Minister and also to her father and requested them for help. She stated that on face book, I informed the Chief Minister also that the Hospital is inundated. We shifted the labour room to the new building on 4th storey. Two babies were in the labour room who were directed to be handed over to their mothers so that they remain warm. The blood bank was also inundated. One patient was very critical. As there was no light, we operated her on Sunday under candle light. Both mother and baby survived. Since no effort was made by made by the administration to evacuate the patients, the people were getting agitated. She said that at that time, they saw two boats floating on water. We requested them for help. We also saw Helicopters in the sky. We requested them also for help, but no one came to our rescue. 300 patients were there. 2/3 attendants were with every patient. Children were also with their mothers. The Principal Govt. Medical College some-how managed to leave the hospital, but the Medical Superintendent, Deputy Medical Superintendent, me and number of Consultants, Senior Residents, Junior Residents and three Anesthesiologists were there. Around this time, the two local boys again appeared in boats. We requested them help us by getting some candles and biscuits. They got candles and some biscuits and we conducted several surgeries under candle light. Even though whole of the LalDed Hospital was inundated, yet the Government irresponsibly declared LalDed Hospital safe. On hearing this, the people came to us and raised hue and cry as to how LalDed being declared safe. They attacked Dr. Tazeem with a table. She escaped by some inches. By Monday, the situation was very grim. Dr.Sheela Mir, resident of GogjiBagh, Srinagar who in the hospital and had left her husband and children at home, was told that her house is also under flood water. She was worried about her family. Dr.Wasiqa, a resident of Shopian, who was living in Jawahar Nagar along with her husband and a child was also worried of her family. We had para medical staff over there. Since there was no arrangement, it was desperation all over. As we had nothing to eat, we directed the patients to take dextrose directly so that the patients could remain alive. By 3 p.m. there was no hospital. The operation theatre had become defunct. The lifesaving drugs had gone. The Medical Superintendent told in the evening that he will try to come out of the hospital and inform the authorities. We had by then operated 95 patients. Due to shortage of food and medicine, we were facing heat of the patients and their attendants. The situation in the LalDed Hospital was becoming grave every moment. The Medical Superintendent then managed to come out of the hospital, but he did not come back. We then found a small hole behind the office of Medical Superintendent and decided to come out through that hole. The hole was in the upper storey and opened on a wall of the hospital. There was huge water on both the sides of the wall. We took the risk to walk on the wall without caring as to whether we fall in the flood water or not. No one came to our rescue. When we came out of the hospital through the hole and started walking on the wall, one of our Registrars was pregnant by 08 months. Almost all the doctors and attendants came out of the hospital through that hole. When we came out of the hospital and reached a relief camp, we found one AltafBukhari had started alanger over there. He arranged some volunteers. They were local boys. All the patients were saved by them. Altaf said that there were two babies who died in the hospital and were buried by him. No mother died. The two babies who died were premature babies. On that date there were 13 such babies. On Tuesday viz. 9-9-2014, I ran helter and skelter and tried to persuade Altaf Sahib to provide a boat to her. He took us in a boat from the roof tops and trees etc. I had the pregnant Registrar with me. The boat took us to Ram Bagh bund, where my husband was waiting for me. He took me to a safe place. It is because of the efforts of those youngsters that we could save ourselves, 300 patients and their attendants. In fact these youngsters are our hope. She said that we are doing surgeries at Sanat Nagar Maternity Centre now. We have also started OPD in LelDed Hospital, Srinagar. We have received medicines. We have also added beds at Sanat Nagar. It is 12 bedded hospital. We have, however, no USG’s. We have no gynecology and other tables. We have no blood bank here. Oxygen plant was damaged in LalDed Hospital. We will start to make LalDed Hospital functional by tomorrow. The LalDed new Block only could be made functional. It will take at least one or two months to start functioning in the old block. We had X-Ray machines in the old block, but we have now no X-ray machine. Care Kashmir International and Volunteer Health Association and other two doctors namely JavidIqbal and Dr. Allaqabandhas provided medicine to us. Sajjad Foundation through Ghulam Rasool, Liason Officer and National Organization for Social Empowerment through Dr. Junaid provided medicines to us. Some boys from PGI Chandigarh and Lovely Peripheral University of Punjab have also provided us some drugs. She said that in order to meet such situations, doctors and para-medical staff should be given a drill so that they can learn as to how they should function during these times. She said that our faculty members were living in Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Karan Nagar etc. and they have suffered terrible loss to their houses and they need to be rehabilitated, so that they could function properly. She said that there are three types of needs for the hospitals. One is vital; another is essential and the third one is desired. She said that for vital needs, they need Rs. 09 crores and for essential and desired needs we would need Rs. 50.00 Crores and 200 Crores respectively. It is only when the aforesaid amount is made available to the hospital that it will function properly. She said that no doctor from outside has come to our hospital.
We also inspected the Maternity Centre and found two patients who had undergone surgeries admitted over there. We also saw operation theater of the Maternity Centre and found it somehow fit for surgeries.
5/ GurdawaraShaheedBunga, BaghatBarzulla.
After leaving the Maternity Centre, we entered GurdwaraShaheedBunga, BaghatBarzulla, Srinagar and found a private medical camp operational there. The doctors present in the camp said that 35 organizations from Amritsar have send medicines to them. They said that actually the camp is run by SGPC Amritsar and Delhi GurdwaraPrabandak Committee. They said that they have distributed medicines worth 36 lacs of rupees to the people. They said that all the doctors numbering 15 in the amp are working voluntarily.
6/ LalDed Hospital, Srinagar.
We also went to LalDed Hospital, Srinagar to know the position over there. The old block of the LalDed Hospital has suffered terrible damage. OPD has, however, been started in the new building from 25-9-2014. The OPD works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The X-Ray machines, generators and Oscillates of the Hospital inn the new building are not functioning. The doctors told us that there were three generators which have suffered damage. They have however, tried to make one generator functional with great difficulty. We found that there were 15 cabins in the new building which were being used by the doctors for running OPD. The doctors stated that yesterday they had seen 165 patients and on the day we visited the hospital, they had seen 120 patients. They however, stated that there is no Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the hospital and oxygen which is supplied through pipes is also not available. They stated that immediately a blood bank and an oxygen plant should be started in the Hospital and the Hospital should be fumigated. They stated that there is shortage of staff and want man power also for cleaning the hospital. They also stated that there is no USG in the Hospital and need at least two USG, one Doppler, 08 new examination tables, 06 Obstetrics tables because all the old tables available in the hospital have suffered huge damage and these tables cannot be now used for any purpose. They stated that we need LSCS sets for at least 200 patients for the time being. They stated that medicine is available in the hospital only for 03 days. They also stated that there is huge mud which has accumulated between two double glassed windows which needs to be removed otherwise it will remain a constant cause of infection. They stated that politicians should not interfere with the functioning of the hospital. They said that they did not have laundry in the Hospital and need Lenin and disposal laundry for a month. They said that they need pumps for cleaning the walls. They said that LalDed Hospital is a 500 bed hospital to which 200 new bedded hospital in the form of new building has been added. They stated that there are 70 Neonatology beds making the total number of beds to 770. They stated that though the new building is safe, but the old building cannot be used for the time being. They stated that there were 3 X-Ray machine, two portable and one fixed X-Ray machines. Two portable machines are functional but the one fixed machine is non-functional. They stated that there is no MRI in the Hospital. They stated that there is 80% obstetrics working in the Hospital and 70% staff has by now reported on duty. They stated that total staff of the Hospital is 18 Faculty, 24 Registrars, 32 PG students. They stated that the sanctioned strength of Professors is 03, but only one is in position and 02 posts are vacant. They stated that there are 06 Associate Professors, 05 Assistant Professors but one Post of Assistant Professor is vacant. They said that there are 10 posts of lecturers but 05 are in position and 05 are vacant. They said that there are 24 Registers and 20 Assistant Surgeons and some are working in the Radiology and some in the Administration. They said that besides one Medical Superintendent and one Deputy Medical Superintendent, there are 250 Nurses, Matrons and Assistant Matrons working in the Hospital.
When we were leaving the new building of the Hospital, we saw some NGO by the name of “Athrut” who said that they have come to fumigate the building.
We there-after went to the old building to see how much damage it has suffered. The building is in shambles and there was mud everywhere. We, however, succeeded in entering the office of Medical Superintendent, where Principal Medical College was already sitting. The Deputy Superintendent showed us the hole through which Dr. ShahnazTeng and other staff of the hospital including the patients and their attendants had escaped. Once we saw the hole, wall and the level of flood water, we had to say that when some one’s life is in danger, he can go to any extent to save himself. When we left the old building, we saw the NGOs from “Athrut” also leaving the new building. They had perhaps fumigated some portion of it.
7/ Ikhrajpora, Rajbgh.
After visiting LalDed Hospital, we decided to go to certain areas of Srinagar which have been ravished by flood and are still under flood water. We firstly went to IkhrajporaRajbagh, the population whereof is reportedly about five thousand. The people who met us said that flood water entered there on 7-9-2014. It inundated the ground storey of all the houses as a result of which, 11 houses were fully damaged and 70 houses got partially damaged. They said that nobody came to their rescue right from the date when flood water entered their colony. They said that for ten days they were in the J&K Cooperative Central Bank building, Rajbagh. They said that offices of the Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department and Public Health Engineering Departments are located in the same colony, but none of the officials/ officers helped them in any manner. They said that these officials/officers came to their offices in boats only to take back their service record. They said that nobody gave them any food for all these days. They said that they have not received anything from the State Government and no ration and no medical aid has been provided to them. They said that no medical camp was established by the Health Department in their area. They said that Army did not help them also. They said that on the 3rd day of flood, some biscuits and water was air dropped by the Army, but it did not reach them as it fell in the flood waters. They said that since there is water everywhere, they had requested the authorities to drain out the water by installing dewatering pumps. They said that only one pump was installed on 17-9-2014 and perhaps because the authorities knew that a team from Supreme Court is visiting the area today, therefore, they installed another dewatering pump today. They, however, stated that the pump which was installed on 17-9-2014 is only of 4” dia which does not take out much water. They said that they brought pumps from HazuriBagh and Bakshi Stadium on their own expenses to the site, but those pumps have been taken back by the authorities. Ghulam Hassan Gamgeen, Senior Broadcaster of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, who is living in the colony told us that only civilians who are living in the House boats have helped them and none else. The people told us that there are 08 disposal points in the colony, but for the last 25 days, the flood water has not been de-watered and 2 feet water is still in their houses. They said that two tents to two families were given by the Government, but it is only the locals who helped them. They said that Army people have rescued the pandits and Sikhs wherever they were in flood water. No help was, however, given to them by the Army or any State agency.
8/ Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar.
We then went to another area viz. Jawahar Nagar also, where we found that ONGC dewatering pump has been installed there bu has stopped functioning. We were told that the pump was brought there on 13-9-2014 but was made functional on 15-9-2014. The Engineers who had installed the pump on 15-9-2014 told us that the pump was functioning upto 30-9-2014, but as it is meant for fresh water only and cannot take out drainage water, therefore, it has stopped functioning. The people of the area told us that on the day flood water entered the colony, no one came to their rescue. However, 75% people were subsequently rescued by Army and 25% by the civilians. They said that relief to them came from villages. They said that Yateem Foundation is also running a relief camp on the Jawahar Nagar for the last 20 days. They said that there is no light and no water in the houses which have been inundated by flood. They said that no medicine has been given to them by the Government and no medical camp has been established in the area by the Government.
9/ Camp of Yateem Foundation, Srinagar.
We went to the camp established by Yateem Foundation on the Jawahar Nagar Bund. The Incharge of the camp told us that they started the camp at Jawahar Nagar bund on 11-9-2014 and the medicines to the said camp are given by donors. They said that Government has given the camp 40 bags of rice some 15 days back. They said that in the initial days, they were providing food at-least to 2000 people in the morning and evening every day. Now the number has gone down and today we are giving food to 500 to 600 people in the morning and evening. They said that relief has come to the people from villages. They said that they have also established a camp at Kulgam and excepting 40 bags of rice, the Government has not given any help to them. They stated that they have also established medical camps at Shopian, Malangpora, Gulzarpora, Chursoo in Pulwama, Samarbugh and Tangan at Budgam; Bemina in Srinagar and Palhallan in Pattan. They also said that they have given blankets to the affected people and have identified 500 families in Jawaharnagar who have not come to their camp for any reason but have been provided food and water secretly. They said that after 03 days of flood, army came here and rescued some people. They said that in their orphanage, there were 50 boys. they requested the Army as well as the administration to rescue them, but nobody rescued those boys from the orphanage. They said that there-after we brought boats from Budgam and other places and rescued those 50 boys along with the employees of the foundation and other people who had entered the orphanage for shelter. They said that Farooq Ahmad, a retired Chief Engineer and FazalHaq, Ex-Chief Engineer were also coming to the camp during this time for taking food etc. They said that the Government has not established any medical camp anywhere in the area. They said that till date they have given medicines worth Rs. 30 lacs to the affected people. Some NDRF people who were in the camp at the time of our visit told us that they have been taking food in the camp, ever since they came in the area.
10/ KursooRajbagh, Srinagar.
We then went to another locality viz. KursooRajbagh. In the said locality, there are 1800 families. The people told us that the flood water entered the locality on 7-9-2014 at 2.45 p.m. and on 8-9-2014, the bund from the Jhelum side breached at four places. They said that after the flood water entered the locality, they shifted to the third stories of their houses and also took shelter in different other houses, concretely built. They said that on 14-9-2014, Army and CRPF came to our help because earlier there was no approach to the locality as the bund had breached at four places. They said that some people were rescued by the Army and those who could not be rescued, remained in their houses till water receded. They said that villagers came from far of places and provided help to them. They said that no one came from the Health Department to help them and no medical camp was established by the Government in the locality. They said that volunteers of Jamat-i-Islami came here and started spraying. They said that there is no electricity in the locality. They said that people from Sopore, Budgam, Bandipora etc. have helped them. They said that a few days back pump has been established by some Pune people in our locality which is providing us drinking water. They said that there was a dewatering shed in the locality where there was a dewatering pump functional for the last 50 years, but one Munir Ahmad, a close friend of NasirAslamWani, MLA, AmiraKadal Constituency has closed the shed and has not allowed any kind of dewatering of flood water from the area. They stated that he has constructed a house on the State land and he says that he has paid Rs. 18.00 lacs to NasirAslamWani for building the house on the State land. They stated that some dewatering has been done by the people themselves, but the main road is still under flood water. They said that though the Army and CRP people rescued some people, but they did so selectively. They said that a Head of Department of SKUAST, who is a resident of Utter Pradesh, but was living in KursuRajbagh in a rented accommodation was rescued by the Army through Chopper, but no such help was given to the people in the locality. They stated that from Akash Institute and Kaisar Hotel, some 300 outsiders were rescued by the Army.
In this locality we found a number of houses have collapsed. The houses of Mohammad Shafi Mir, Abdul Gani Dar, Haji Subhan Dar, Ali Mohammad Kakru, Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, Ali Mohammad sheikh near the bund were seen by us collapsed. The owners of these houses told us that no one has come to them, from the date, these houses have collapsed to see their plight. They said that even a Patwari has not visited them, not to speak of Deputy Commissioner or Tehsildar Srinagar. They said in the days of elections, voters are asked for from them but today, no one has come to help them.
On 01-10-2014, Registrar General, High Court of J&K, Convenor of the committee had called a meeting of the officers of the Government in his office. In the said meeting, besides Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Secretary CAPD and Director Health Services were present. The Director Health Services Stated in the meeting that from 18-9-2014 upto 30-9-2014, he had established 64 medical camps in Srinagar and even on 9th September 2014, he had started two such camps across the Rambaghbridge on the bund and on 30-9-2014 and 01-10-2014, there were 39 such camps still functioning. He stated that there is no shortage of medicines in the Hospitals which are run by the Directorate of Health Services. He also stated that doctors came here from outside and sought his permission for starting relief work. We requested the Director Health Services to give a list of places where he has established camps from 9-9-2014. He stated that by the evening of 1-10-2014, he would be able to provide that information to the committee. After discussing some more issues with other officers, we decided to go to many more areas of Srinagar city which are still under water o know the position.
11/ Rajbagh near Hurriyat Office, Srinagar.
We again went to Rajbagh area which has completely been devastated. We reached a locality Hurriyat Office where reportedly certain carcasses of animals were still lying. On reaching the area, we found that the area was still ¾ feet under flood water. The people told us that no relief had been provided to them by the Government. They stated that no medical camp was established in the area. They stated that no dewatering pump has been provided to them and want that the dewatering pump which was functional for 50 years and has been closed by one Muneer Ahmad at the instance of NasirAslamWani, MLA AmiraKadal, Srinagar should be made functional again. They stated that they were not rescued by any one. Only civilians helped them. They said that in the days of crack down, people used to be informed on loud speakers to come out of their houses so that searches are conducted, but today no one informed them about the flood. No warning was given to them by any one. They stated that there is still 3 to 4 ft. water in their houses, but no one is taking any interest in dewatering the area. Ghulam Mohammad, a retired Secretary of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, told us that he is living in the locality and right from the first day of floods, he has been in his house. No one has come to his rescue. People have, however, been rescued by the civilians and relief camps have also been established by the Civilians. He said that one relief camp was established at Sulaiman Hills (Shankeracharya Hill) by the local people which provided help to the people of the area. He said that it was after 15 days that a six month old baby and two years old child were recovered by the civilians from the flood waters who had died. No Government officials/ agency tried to find them out. No effort was made by the Government officials to remove the carcasses of the animals which died in the floods. He said that some of the dead bodies of animals are still lying on the roads which are under water. They said tht Central Government has sent some relief, but that has been dumped in the godowns by the officials of the Government at the behest of politicians. We could not see the dead animals lying in the area because we had then to travel a long distance and as there was still ¾ feet deep flood water, it was not possible.
12/ Indra Nagar, Srinagar.
We there-after went to Indira Nagar, where we met a number of people. Indira Nagar is located in the Cantonment area and is under the management of Cantonment Board, BadamiBagh, Srinagar. Prakash Singh, who lives in Indira Nagar Sector-A, told us that the flood water entered Indira Nagar colony on 7-9-2014 at 3 p.m. and reached upto 02 stories of their houses instantaneously. He said that we were rescued by the Army and were taken to BadamiBagh Cant, where-after we were airlifted by choppers to Jammu. TejKrishanBuhru said that flood water entered the colony on 7-9-2014 at 3 p.m. and houses upto 20 feet came under flood water. He said that his brother was ailing and he wanted him to be immediately rescued. He said that Army came to his help and they firstly shifted him to Zethyar and there-after to BadamiBagh, where from he was airlifted to Jammu. The people of Indira Nagar told the team that Indira Nagar consists of A, B and C sectors and the population of Indira Nagar is about 20,000. They said that local administration did not help them in any manner. It was only Army which gave them water and food. They said that no medical camp was established by the Government in the area. They said that civilians also rescued a lot of people. Two dewatering pumps functioning in the area also belonged to Ministry of Defence FSR, Srinagar.
13/ Rose Colony, Shivepora, Srinagar.
We also went to Rose Colony Shivpora, Srinagar, which also falls in the Cantonment area and the population of which compromises of 150 house-holds/Cholas. AltafHussainMarazi, KanwalJeet Singh, Himayun Bashir, Mohammad Ashraf and others who assembled there, told the team that the flood water entered the locality on 7-9-2014 at 5.30p.m. and within no time, 2½ storey of the houses was under flood water. The height of the flood was roughly 22 feet. They said that rescue teams from Army came to save VIPs. They said that an Army Major rebuked them and told them that they should ask the local administration for help. They said that Sub-Area Commander came there many a times,but only for a photo session. They said that there was pick and choose in rescuing the people. They said that Army has provided two dewatering motor pipes. They said that no dewatering pump or any kind of ration has been given to them by the Government. No medical camp was started by the Government in the area. They said that Army started a medical camp and biscuit, water and blankets were given by the Army to some of them. They stated that there is 4½ feet flood water still in their houses.
After coming back from Shivpora, we met Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Kashmir in the office of Registrar General, High Court of J&K, Convenor of the Committee. The Director told the team that he has been appointed as Director, CAPD only recently. He stated that from 13-9-2014 to 16-9-2014, they provided relief to the people through Intizamia Committees. He also stated that ration was given to police station Saddar and Police Station Khanyar, Srinagar for distributing the same amongst the people from 13-9-2014 to 15-9-2014. He stated that upto 16-9-2014, ration was not distributed in an organized manner. However, after 16-9-2014, distribution was organized through Fair Price Shops, Government stores and internal arrangements. He stated that 51 trucks of food grains were taken into custody forcibly by Superintendent of Police, Budgam at Chanderpora, Budgam and dumped at some private entrepreneurs’ godown. He said that we purchase food grains from Food Corporation of India on cash payment. He said that earlier to 17-9-2014, we used to give 30 Kgs. of rice and 05 Kgs. of Atta to every ration holder. However, after 17-9-2014, we have been directed by the Government to provide 35 kgs. of rice and 15 kgs. of Atta to every affected person. He stated that the Revenue Department had to identify the areas where distribution had to be made to the affected people which information was provided only on 21-9-2014. He said that we have given ration for the month of September 2014 and are also now going to give ration for the month of October 2014. He said that sugar and kerosene is given on cash and rice and Atta in terms of order dated 17-9-2014 is to be given free. He, however, stated that those of the people who had taken ration before 17-9-2014 have paid for the same, but after 17-9-2014, we have directed that they should be given free ration for six months. Anyone who has taken ration for the month of 9/2014 against cash, would be given ration for six months beginning from 10/2014. The Director was told by the Committee members to identify the people/ officials, to whom ration was given for distribution from 13-9-2014 to 16-9-2014. He promised us to give the said information, but subsequently failed to do so. During our discourse with Director, CAPD, we were shown two letters addressed by Intizamia Committee Batamaloo to SHO P/S Saddar for providing ration. SHOP/S Saddar had marked the two applications to Storekeeper Lethpora, a place which is more than 25 kilometers away from Batamaloo, Srinagar, for doing the needful. What was later done by the Storekeeper, Lethpora was not shown to us by the Director?
13/ LalChowk, Srinagar.
After finishing our meeting with Director, CAPD, on the promise that he will provide us the required information, we went to LalChowk, Srinagar to know the position over there. When we reached LalChowk, which is heart of Srinagar, it presented a gloomy picture of devastation and destruction with no signs of festivity. The traders of the area instead of welcoming the prospective buyers, were busy in clearing the dirt, filth and mud left behind by the floods. The hustle and bustle which used to dominate the ambience ahead of any festival was missing. The shops in the main market were either closed or undergoing cleaning. Some garment dealers were salvaging items from the damaged heaps of cartoons of clothes lying scattered in their damaged shops. We entered Kokerbazar and met a number of people. All of them told us that they have not been given any help by the Government. They said that when water entered Kokerbazar, Srinagar and reached upto the level of 1st. storey, we cried for help, but nobody came to save them. The Helicopters which were hovering in the sky did not also help us. The food packets which were air dropped did not reach us because they fell in water. There was chaos and confusion everywhere. It was only the local people who helped us. They rescued us from the houses and also provided us food and water. One of the shop keepers told the team that no help has reached them from the State or the Central Government. He was very critical of Mr. NarenderModi, who according to him had stated in the United Nations that they have provided help to the Kashmiri people. He said where is the help and to whom has the help been given by Mr. Modi? He stated that you people have come from Central Government, but what have you brought for us, only miseries and sufferings. The same kinds of questions were put to the team members at Rajbagh and Kursu and honestly we had no answers.
14/ District Kulgam.
After visiting certain flood hit areas of Srinagar, we decided to go to Kulgam which has also been devastated by floods. We reached Kulgam on 01-10-2014 at about 11 A.M. and straightway entered the office of Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam. A number of officers who were present in his office included Chief Medical Officer, Kulgam. Assistant Director, CAPD Kulgam, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), Kulgam, Superintendent of Police, Kulgam and many others. The CMO Kulgam told the team that flood entered Kulgam on 3rd/4th of September 2014 and rain stopped on 6th of September 2014. Flood started receding on 7-9-2014 and after recession of flood, they started medical camps. He said that Director Health Services helped us by sending doctors on 11-9-2014. 04 doctors came on 11-9-2014, 02 doctors on 18-9-2014, 04 came on 21-9-2014 and one came on 23-9-2014. He said that all these doctors have gone back on 29-9-2014. He said that though we had a good stock of medicines, but we got medicines from AIIMS New Delhi on 12-9-2014 also. He said that chlorine tablets were received from provisional stores and when the flood started receding, we went from house to house to distribute the same. He also stated that from some NGOs, they have received medicines on 29-9-2014 and 30-9-2014, out of which only 1/4th has been retained by us and rest has been sent to Srinagar. In addition to these medicines, he stated that we have received medicines from the Hospital Development Fund worth Rs. 2.00 lacs and besides this, every Medical Superintendent has been authorized to make purchase of medicines worth Rs. 2.00 lacs. He said that we do not need any doctor. He stated that in the camps which were started by them, there were Medical Officers only. No specialist was available in any camp. He stated that we have an emergency hospital at Qazigund and in addition, we have mobile medical teams comprising of doctors and Pharmacists. He stated that from 21-9-2014, we have started immunization for measles and are giving injections to the children who are in the age group of 6 months upto 15 years. He said that we are also giving vitamin A and OPB injections to the affected people. He said that we have every details as to how many camps had been established by us and there is no danger of any epidemic. He said that in the District Hospital from 3-9-2014 till yesterday, we have seen 20,566 cases in OPD. He said that 1351 patients were treated as IPD and 171 caesarians and 15 major operations were also conducted by them.
The Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam told the team that he has established relief camps in all the areas which were affected by the flood. He stated that for the structures which have been washed away or have collapsed, we paid Rs.75,000/- for each pacca house and for a kacha fully damaged house, we have paid Rs. 17,600/- to the affected persons. He said that for severely pacca damaged house and severlykacha damaged house, we have paid Rs. 12000/- and Rs. 3800/- respectively. He said that for pacca partially damaged house and kacha partially damaged house, we have paid Rs.3200/- and Rs. 2800/- respectively. He said that for every full damaged cow shed, we have paid Rs. 1500/-. He said that he has till date paid an amount of Rs. 1,24,44,000/- as compensation for the structures. He also said that he has also paid Rs.2,700/- for clothing and utensils. He said that there were five deaths in district Kulgam and Rs. 1,50,000/- to the next of the kin of four families have been paid. One death is, however, still under investigation. He said that they have given relief to Auqaf Committees and have given money to the patients in the Hospitals and have also given medicine to them. Regarding the crops which have been damaged by the floods, the verification is going on. He said that every school/ college in the district is functional. He also stated that 74 tents have been provided to the affected people. The Assistant Director, CAPD Kulgam, told us that he has given free ration to Auqaf committees for distribution and in the most affected areas, he has distributed following quantity of rice:
- Argatnoo village – 361 families – 180.50 qtls.
- T.Pora village – 172 families – 86 qtls.
- Zagalpora village– 17 families – 8.50 qtls.
- Chamgund village – 76 families – 10 qtls.
After discussing the matter with several officers/officials of different department in the office of Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, we decided to visit the affected villages and see the position there. We firstly went to village Argatnoo. The people who had assembled there already knew about our visit. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Deputy Chairman of the Relief Committee constituted by the villagers themselves told the team that flood water entered the village on 3-9-2014 at 3 a.m. from NallaVishav. The flood water was 12 ft. high. He said that the flood water washed away 175 houses and the remaining houses developed cracks. He stated that the people of the village ran to jungles and took shelter in the houses of those living in the jungles or in the nearby villages from 3-9-2014 to 6-9-2014. The villages where these people took shelter are Malven, Ban Mohalla and Gaddar. Some of the people returned to their houses on 6-9-2014, but others came back after 12 days. One Mohammad YousufWani remained in the village for the entire period and did not move out of his house. He said that no Government official visited the village during the period the village was under water. He said that Army of the nearby Camp alone came to their help. He said that four days before, we got free ration of September 2014. He said that there is no electricity supply in the village. He said that Chief Medical Officer had sent a team for medical treatment. The other people who assembled there told the team that they want free ration at least for one year. They said that protection bund should be constructed on the Nallah from where water has entered into their village and has washed away 175 houses or else they should be relocated somewhere else. They said that orchards also have been washed away by the flood and as they are not now in a position to pay back the loan taken by them from the banks, same should be waived off. They said that they should be given subsidy. They said that Mohammad YousufWani has suffered a loss of Rs. 2 crores, but he has not been paid anything by the Government. They said that the house of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat was washed away by the flood waters, but he has been paid only Rs. 12,600/-. Abdul Salam Bhat stated before the team that his house has also been washed away by the floods but he has not been paid anything. He said that he had also constructed one more house, but he has been paid only Rs. 12500/-. Some of the people stated before the team that Medical camp which was established by the Health Department in the village provided only generic medicines. One person told the team that the people of the village are making false statements about relief and rescue operations and are doing so under threat. He stated that the people of the village are under open sky and nobody is taking any mercy on them. He said that we have no clothes, no medicines and no money. He said that 90% of the people of the village have taken loan under Kissan Credit Card scheme which they cannot pay back now. He said that our children are suffering badly because we don’t have any money or books to offer them. He said that we have not been given any tent by the Government.
We went around the village and found the entire village devastated. The people have neither any money nor any clothing. They are virtually naked. They have also nothing to eat. Free ration given to them for the month of 9/2014 has since been exhausted by them. They also need immediate relief and rehabilitation by providing them free ration for one year and besides waiving their loan, they deserve to be adequately compensated.
We also went to Chamagund village which consists of 386 choolas. When we entered the village, people were busy in receiving their ration from the rice depot. On seeing us, they came to us and told the team that on 4-9-2014, when flood entered the village, they cried for help. They said that Army which has its camp nearby, came to their rescue and took them to safer places. They said that they came back after 12 days viz. on 15th, 16th and 17th of September, 2014. They said that we were given food, clothing and other essentials of life by the villagers of villages around. They said that we have been given 50 kgs. of rice by the Government on cash. They said that no medical camp was established by the Government in the village. They said that 26 houses have been washed away by the flood waters and some of the houses have collapsed after flood receded. They said that Tehsildar has made a survey, but money has not been paid to them so far. They said that some people have been paid Rs. 75,000/- through cheques, but those cheques have not been en-cashed by them as yet. They said that Shali crop and fruit has also been got damaged/ destroyed due to the floods, but no compensation has been paid to them by the Government. They stated that no free ration was given to them for the month of September 2014. They stated that there are people who have no land, but still they have not been given anything by the Government. They stated that from 2-10-2014 i.e. from today, they are receiving free rations. They, however, said that in a house, if there were 2/3 families living, compensation is being paid to only one. They said that there was no medical camp in the first 15 days in the village. They said that after we came back, a medical camp was started in the area by some NGO. They said that Apollo had also started a medical camp. They stated that their cattle have died because of the floods but they have not been given any compensation for the loss suffered by them. Manzoor Ahmad, Farooq Ahmad and Nissar Ahmad told the team that they have suffered a loss of Rs. 3.00 crores, but while as Manzoor Ahmad has been paid Rs. 75,000/-, Farooq Ahmad and Nissar Ahmad hve been paid Rs. 75,000/- jointly. Bilal Ahmad stated that his two houses have been washed away by the floods, but he has been paid Rs. 75,000/- and Rs. 15,000/- respectively. Ghulam Hassan Hajam, Mohammad Amin Hajam and Jana who are 03 families, but were living in one house have only been paid Rs. 75,000/-. Ghulam Hassan Bhat stated that they are three brothers, but ration has been given only to two and not to him. Similar kind of complaints were made by Rajab Shaksaz, Mohammad YousufShaksaz, Abdul GaniShaksaz son of MumaShaksaz, Mushtaq Ahmad, ReyazAhmad, Mansoor Ahmad, Mohammad Ramzan, Nissar Ahmad, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Abdul Aziz Dar, Fayaz Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad, Javid Ahmad, Mst. Raja, a widow, Bashir Ahmad Wani, Mushtaq Ahmad, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, Mohammad YousufBhat and Mst. Zaina. Mohammad IqbalWani stated that though he had suffered a huge loss, but he has not been given any cheque. Muzaffar Ahmad said that his shop has been washed away by the floods and he has suffered terrible loss in his business, but he has not been given anything. Nazir Ahmad Shaksaz, who is landless person and has no house, has not been given any relief. Ghulam Mohammad Hajam whose house has been washed away has not been given any relief. Abdul Gaffar, Ghulam Hassan, Mohammad Shaban, Nazir Ahmad Parray, Abdul SattarWagay, whose houses have developed cracks and are inhabitable now, have been paid Rs. 3800/- only. Mohammad Ashraf, whose house has developed cracks, has not been paid anything. Mohammad SabzarShaksaz has also not been paid any relief. Ali Mohammad Shaksaz, Ghulam Mohammad Shaksaz, Bashir Ahmad, Sartaj Ahmad, Abdul GaffarWagay, Showkat Ahmad, Mohammad Iqbal and Ghulam Qadir have also not been paid any amount by any one. Ali Mohammad Bhat and Ghulam Mohammad stated that they had collected building material for construction of a house which was washed away by the flood waters but they have not been paid any amount.
We had a look around village Chamagund and found that the said village as well has been devastated by the flood. People of the village told the team that since no protection bund has been constructed by the Government on the river from where the flood water has entered their village, they are not in a position to live in the village, unless protection bund is constructed immediately by the Government and they are paid compensation for the loss suffered by them. They said that Government can rehabilitate them elsewhere so as to protect them from the fury of floods. Village Chamagund where 386 people lived before the floods, is crying for help.
We also went village Asthal where 156 choolas are located. The villagers told us that flood water entered the village on 3-9-2014 and the village was totally cut off from the rest of the world. There was a bridge which connected the village with the main road, but the bridge was also washed away by the floods. The people said that they had rang Chief Minister and SakinaYatoo, MLA and had asked for a Helicopter for their evacuation, but no helicopter came to their rescue. They said that for 5/6 days, they stayed in a local graveyard. They said that due to the flood waters, the village got divided into three parts and only when flood water receded on 11-9-2014,they went back to their houses and found one house and 10 cow sheds have collapsed due to the flood. They said that Shali Crop and the fruit also got damaged. They said that it was on 12-9-2014 that they succeeded in getting connected with the main road. They said that Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police came in the village on 12-9-2014, but no relief was given to them by anyone. They said that relief came from Shopian and other places on 1-10-2014 and each family was given 50 Kgs. of rice. Five blankets were also given to each family. They said that ration of the month of September 2014 was given to them on cash. They said that from Karol Bagh Delhi, some NGO had sent relief to them in the form of Dal and a private medical camp was also established in the village by someone. They said that they suffered 100% loss to the walnut and other fruit and non-fruit bearing trees, which were washed away by the floods and 90% agricultural land has been washed away by the floods. They said that there is no electricity or water supply in the village. They said that in 1992, there was same kind of flood and they had gone out of village at that time, but this time, they have not gone out of the village because the roads as well as the bridge was washed out. They said that they should be relocated some-where else because they are not in a position to live in the village. Assadullah, Sarpanch of the village said that the people of the village should be taken to other place viz. Chowelgam, where land is available for their rehabilitation. Ghulam Hassan stated that his house collapsed, but he has not been paid any relief. Tariq Ahmad and Ghulam Ahmad stated that their houses had developed cracks because of flood, but they have also not been paid any compensation. We saw the land which has been washed away by the floods. In fact the entire land on which each villager of Asthalare dependent has been washed away by the floods. The flood water has entered their village from all sides. Even the steel bridge connecting the village with the main road, has been washed away by the floods. The people are right in saying that they should be shifted from the village to any other place as it is dangerous for them in the said village.
15/ District Pulwama.
When we returned form Asthal, we decided to go to Pulwama. Accordingly we drew back to Pulwama and straightway went to the office of Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama who had already been informed by the concerned. When we entered his office, there were a number of officials already present including the Chief Medical Officer Pulwama.
It was stated by Mr. Sajad Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama that 89 villages of district Pulwama have submerged in flood water and are badly affected. He also said that 254 villages have indirectly suffered. According to him, most affected villages in district Pulwama are Lelhar, Reshipora, Beigpora, Gulzarpora, NainaBatapora, Khelar, Badakpora, Malangpora, Padamgampora and Charsoo. He said that the number of fully damaged paccahouses is 6163 and the number of fully damaged kacha houses is 1504. He also stated that the number of severely pacca damaged houses and severely kacha damaged houses is 6000 and 3590. He said that the number of partially pacca damaged houses is 5608 and partially damaged kacha houses is 2000. He also stated that five deaths have taken place in his district, to whom Rs. 1.50 lacs each has been paid. He said that there were 23 Relief Camps in district Pulwama, but as on date there is no relief camp functioning anywhere. He, however, stated that these relief camps were community based camps and were managed by the Intizamia Committees of the concerned areas. He also promised to give a list of these community based camps to the committee which he however, did not give. He stated that no tents were given to these relief camps by the Government, though some NGOs gave 72 tents to these relief camps. He stated that 4633 blankets have been distributed for which five teams were sent to every affected area.
The CMO Pulwama stated that District Hospital Pulwama remained operational during floods and conducted 257 caesarians. He stated that nine doctors had come from outside. They were Pediatricians, Physicians and Gastroenterologists. He said that the Director Health Services provided medicines. When asked as to whether any medical camp was established in District Pulwama, he stated that 136 medical camps were established by the Health Department in District Pulwama but when he was told that according to the Director, Health Services only 137 medical camps had been established all over the valley, he resiled from his earlier statement and stated that only six camps were established in district Pulwama and those camps were also established in mobile vans, wherever necessary. The Deputy Commissioner also stated that only six medical camps were established in entire district. He stH The CMO stated that in every mobile van, there used to be a male doctor, a female doctor, one Pharmacist and two Multipurpose Health workers. He also stated that in the Sub-District Hospital, Pampore, 03 doctors of LalDed Hospital worked during the flood days. He did not, however, give names of those doctors, though he promised to give a list of those doctors to the team next day. When we left Deputy Commissioner’s office, it was quite dark. We, therefore decided to return and visit G.B.Pant Hospital on our way back.
16/ G.B. Panth Hospital, Srinagar.
When we reached G.B.Pant Hospital which is also located in Cantonment area, there was no one excepting the security personnel. On our asking, they opened the gate of the Hospital and took us through various portions of the Hospital. According to the security men, the flood water reached the Hospital on 6-9-2014 at 3.15 p.m. About 150 children patients were in the ground floor of the hospital at that time. They said that announcements were made from the Mosques that people should shift to the 1st storey of their houses. They also took 150 children patients to the first floor of the Hospital. They said that flood water reached the first floor but did not enter the first floor because the height of the ground floor of the Hospital is more than other structures. They stated that Dr. Sartaj, Dr. Iram and some PG students were also in the hospital at that time. They said that when flood water entered the hospital, oxygen went off, as a result of which, nine children died. They stated that SHO Ram Munshibagh subsequently arranged six boats and took the children patients and the lady attends out. They said that it took three days to the police to take these patients and ladies to BadamiBagh. They said that OPD has now started functioning in G.B.Pant Hospital from 22-9-2014 and every day round 300 patients come to the hospital, but no one is admitted over there. They said that the security people and Laboratory technicians removed some of the machines from the ground storey to the 1st storey when flood water entered the hospital. They said that X-Ray machines, USG machines, Laboratory machines and blood bank got fully submerged under water. They said that during night, doctors of G.B.Pant Hospital see the patients in the Nursing Home, Gupkar which remains functional for 24 hours.
17/ Larkipora, District Pulwama.
On 2-10-2014, we decided to go first to Padgampora of District Pulwama to see the condition over there. We first entered Larkipora, which is part of Padgampora. There are 409 cholas in the said village. 30 houses have collapsed in the said village due to the flood waters which entered the village on 4-9-2014. The people who assembled at Larkipora said before the team that they have been given free ration of 50 kgs. of rice per choola for the month of September 2014, but no ration for the month of October 2014 has been given to them as yet. They said that one blanket each was given to them by some private organization. They said that survey of the houses has been done, but no money has been paid to them by the Government. Ghulam Ahmad Wani, Sarpanch of Larkipora stated that only 18 houses have collapsed and 14 houses developed cracks. He said that it was only one week before that 50 kgs. of rice was given to every family. He stated that no relief has, however, been given by any department to the affected people. He said that every day, PHE Department sends water tankers to the village for providing drinking waters to the people. He said that for one day, Health Department had started a medical camp in the village, but there-after no camp has been established over here. He said that we have a primary Sub-Centre in the village, where one Medical assistant is performing his duties. He said that one doctor has however, been posted in the said sub-Centre during flood period. He said that Rashtriya Rifles started two Medical camps in the village and provided medical assistance to the people.
18/ Padgampora, District Pulwama.
We also visited PadgamporaPanch Wards A and B. In these Panch wards A and B of Padgampora, there are 275 cholas. According to the locals who assembled on spot, 80 houses have collapsed in the said village and one storey of every other house has remained under water. They said that no one came to their rescue when flood water entered the village. They said that when we were evacuating to Malangpora on boats, Army personnel who had surrounded the village, stopped us and asked for identity cards. When asked as to why Army personnel were asking for identity cards, they said that perhaps they wanted to see as to whether they are actually residents of village or there is someone else who wants to come out of village. They said that no warning was given to them before the floods. They said that for nine days, they remained either on the railway track or else in private schools, Agriculture University or in private houses. They said that some of them also went to Lajoora, PHCPuchal Pulwama and dairy farm where they were given food by the people living nearby. They said that they were given clothes by the people and no relief was given to them by the Government or any official of the Government. For about nine days, there were only civilians who helped them. They said that when we came back, we were given 50 kgs of rice per chola on 28/29th of September 2014. They said that out of 278 families, 60 families have not been given any ration as yet. They said that Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama or Tehsildar Larkiporahave not visited the village till date. They said that one NGO, Help Foundation and Care India has given one kit to every chola. They said that Help Foundation is perhaps from Srinagar and Care India is from outside. They said that no camp was established in the village by the Health Department. They said that doctors from Aligarh stayed in the village for one day and one team of doctors from Kishtwar was also in the village for one day. Mst. Firdousa, Panch and Abdul Gani Khan, Chairman, Local Auqaf stated that 80 houses in the village have collapsed and the rest have suffered damage and are in-habitable. They said that no relief has been given by the Government either for the houses which have collapsed or to those which have developed cracks. They said that there has been no loss of life, but damage has been caused to the houses and crops. They stated that there are six families living in a private house, but no relief has been given to them so far. They said that Patwari had come here and he had conducted the survey, but still no relief has come from the office of Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama or Tehsildar Awantipora to them. Some people also stated that they had informed the concerned Member Legislative Assembly, Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama and Tehsildar Awantipora about the flood water entering their village and had requested them for help but they did not provide any kind of help to them. They stated that they also approached police for help, but police did not also help them. They said that because of the arrogance of Tehsildar Awantipora, he does not deserve to be kept over there. They wanted him to be transferred immediately.
They stated that all the 275 families of the village have purchased tractors after obtaining loan from the banks. The tractors have been purchased from various companies viz. Swaraj and New Hollen on the assurance that the price of the tractors would be paid within one or two years. They stated that during this period of 1/2 years, they try to repay back the cost of the tractors and till they liquidate the cost of the tractors, the papers are retained by the Company(ies) with them. They said that only after payment is made in full, the papers are released in their favour by the Company(ies). They said that they had not insured those tractors and they did not know as ot whether the company(ies) have insured them or not. They stated that all these 275 tractors were damaged by the floods and they need lot of money for repairing them so as to make them functional. They stated that in the village, there are 20 commercial vehicles such as Tavera, Innovo and Sumo which are subject to finance. They stated that since these vehicles have also got damaged, therefore, they are not in a position to pay the finance amount. They stated that there are 10 TATA 407 vehicles in the village which too have got damaged. They said that Electric Department is charging Rs. 541/- per family as electricity fee for a month but as their houses have either collapsed or have developed cracks, they had requested the Electric department to dis-connect the electric supply line to those houses and stop charging the fee, but the Electric Department has not done so. Imran Majid stated before the team that they are two brothers and their house has collapsed. He said that he contacted the office of Tehsildar Awantipora for providing them a tent, but he rebuked them. Abdul Rashid Wani stated that his house has also collapsed and he has to go to ShallaTokna along with his other family members every night. Mushtaq Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad, Abdul Salam Wani, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, Showkat Ahmad, whose houses have either collapsed or have developed cracks also stated that they have not been given any relief by the Government.
Padgampora, it appears has been neglected by everyone. Even Tehsildar and Deputy Commissioner have not visited the village during the period the village was submerged. The Patwari has no-doubt conducted the survey, but no amount has been paid to any villager till date. Some of the people of the village, whose houses have collapsed, are spending their days and nights under open sky and are waiting for help.
19/ District Anantnag.
After leaving Padgampora, the team decided to go to District Anantnag and visit some of the affected villages. On reaching Anantnag, the team members firstly went to the office of Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, where some more officers were already occupying their seats.
The Deputy Commissioner stated that flood water entered District Anantnag on 4-9-2014. He stated that 158 villages remained submerged under water upto 7-9-2014 and 34116 families got affected due to submergence of these villages under water. He stated that the number of villages which got affected other than by submergence is 10. He stated that 11 deaths have taken place in District Anantnag and five people have suffered injuries. He stated that out of 11 deaths, 10 have been compensated. He stated that 2057 pacca houses got fully damaged. He stated that 6473 and 950 pacca houses have been severally or partially damaged. He stated that number of fully damaged kacha houses is 272 and the number of severally damaged and partially damaged kacha houses is 1027 and 64. He stated that 6898 cow sheds and other structures and 1050 shops and sheds have also been damaged. He said that 120 bridges and culverts have been damaged in the District. Roads have also been washed away and 392 power stations have also been damaged. He stated that a number of works presently under execution have also been damaged. He also stated that a number of Government buildings have been damaged.
20/ MenzDharna, Anantnag.
After meeting Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, we decided to go to village Menz-Dharna which has been devastated by the floods. There are 1500 families living in the village. The flood water entered the village on 4-9-2014 and 53 houses were washed away. The people stated that for three days, no one came to the village. Other people of the village who did not suffer, provided relief to these 53 families whose houses were washed away by the floods. They said that after three days Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag came to the village. After 10 days, he again came to the village. They said that neither Deputy Commissioner nor the Tehsildar gave them any relief or help. They said that AsgharSamoon, Secretary/ Commissioner to Government, came here some 15 days back and gave money to all the people who met him. They stated that some were paid Rs. 500/-, some Rs. 1000/- and some Rs. 200/-. They said that he also gave a letter addressed by him to the Deputy Commissioner requesting him to supply six truck load of rice, kerosene, LPG and fire wood to the villages, but the Deputy Commissioner did not pay any heed to the request. They gave the letter in original to the team which is annexed with this report. They said that G.A.Mir, MLA came to the village and gave 50 kgs. of rice to 43 families and four blankets, sugar, milk powder, turmeric powder to 18 families. They said that some 5/8 days back, 12 tents were given by the Government, in which 18 families are putting up. They said that G.A.Mir also gave Rs.1000/- to these 18 families. They said that Jamat-i-Islami J&K, JamiyatAhalihadeed J&K, Sayed-u-Sadat Trust Anantnag, DeraSachaSudha, Aligarh Muslim University gave utensils, pressure cookers, bedding etc. to these 18 families. They also said that Hurriyat Conference (G) paid Rs. 15000/- per family and AuqafMenz-Dharna gave Rs. 500/- to each one of them. They also stated that Tableegi party paid Rs. 3000/- and Rs. 2000/- to these 18 families and also gave them some blankets. They said that today Government gave cheques worth Rs. 75,000/- and 50 kgs. of rice to 17 families whose houses have been washed away. They said that one family whose house has also been washed away by the flood water has not been paid anything. They said that Farooq Ahmad Andrabi of PDP paid Rs. 1000/- to each of the 18 families. Faooq Ahmad Ganai of National Conference paid Rs. 2000/- to these 18 families and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation established a langer and filtration plant for them. They said that Government has not established any medical camp in the village. They said that a male and female doctor had come from Verinag, but they had no medicine with them. They said that doctors of an NGO of Chandigrah and John Bishop Hospital, Anantnag came to the village for one and two days respectively. Army medical camp was also there for one day and Aligarh Muslim University also started a camp in the village for one day. They said that there is no medical camp in the village at present. They said that medical camp of John Bishop Hospital, had come to the village on 01-10-2014. They said that even though 17 families have been paid Rs. 75,000/-, but no relief has been given to other people whose houses have also been partially affected by the flood waters or whose land has been washed away. They said that 1200 kanals of land belonging to 350 families has also been washed away by the floods. They said that some of the land out of these 1200 kanals is government land for which these villagers had applied for grant of proprietary rights under Roshni Act, but for the last five years, their cases have not been finalized and as the said land has been washed away by the floods, they fear that they may not be paid any compensation by the Government for the said land. They said that Deputy Commissioner and Tehsildar had come to the village, but they have done nothing except that they have highlighted the problems of the people in the media without giving anything to the villagers. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Sarpanch stated that the Patwari has conducted survey and the Tehsildar has made report to the Deputy Commissioner, but no relief has been given to the villagers whose property has been destroyed or damaged.
Mohammad Amin Patwari stated that action with regard to the grant of proprietary rights of 1200 kanals of land has been initiated and is pending. He has conducted the survey and has given report also to Tehsildar concerned who has submitted the same to Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag. He stated that out of 1200 kanals of land, some land is Shamilat and he has not as yet submitted any report with regard to the said land to the concerned authorities. He stated that he has conducted survey of the houses which have been partially affected and has also submitted a report to Tehsildar concerned. As to why they have not been paid any compensation, he said that he does not know.
Abdul Rashid Tehsildar stated that he has submitted the report regarding partially damaged houses to the Deputy Commissioner, but he has not received any sanction for payment of any relief to them so far. He stated that Tehsildar who was posted in the area before him has processed the case of the villagers under Roshni Act and the matter is pending for consideration. He stated that orchards of 153 families have also been washed away. He said that he has also conducted survey and has submitted report to Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag for necessary action. The Tehsildar stated that the power and water supply has been provided only to 18 families who are living in tents. No electricity and no water has been provided to other villagers who have also suffered damage to their houses. There are water taps in the village but without any water. They said that we have gone a number of times to Deputy Commissioner for providing them drinking water, but he has not arranged any water for them. The villagers also said that they have been given ration for the month of September only and that too against cash. 60 families have not been given ration by the Government for the month of September till date. They said that they have not received free ration for the month of October 2012. LPG gas and Kerosene has also not been provided to them. They said that we need timber for reconstruction of our damaged houses, but that too has not been given to them. They said that for 18 families whose houses have been washed away, timber should be provided to them free of cost at R-Dharna because it can be only sawn over there and for rest, timber depot should be established in the village itself. They said that the bridge connecting the village with the main road has also been washed away by floods. The said bridge should be also reconstructed so that they can have access to their village. They said that the Nallah where-from flood water has entered the village should also be repaired by erecting safety bunds.
21/ Jablipora, Anantnag.
After returning from Manz-Dharna, the team went to Jablipora, Tehsil Bijbehara which consists of 12 Mohallas. It was stated by the villagers of Ganai Mohalla of Jablipora before the team that the flood water entered the village on 4/5th September 2014 and it was 12 ft. high. They said that local people rescued the residents of the village and took them to Bijbehara town and stayed there in mosques and relief camps. They said that after six days some of the people came back and others returned there-after. They said that they were not given any help by the police or any other agency when water entered their village. They said that there are 110 houses which are fully damaged. Rest of the houses are partially damaged. They said that those of the people who came back and found their houses still standing took the risk of staying in their houses there-after. They said that they have been given ration for the month of September 2014 on 28-9-2014 free of cost and the said ration was also given only to those who had ration cards. Others who don’t have ration cards have not been given any ration. They said that 400 persons received ration but 350 have been denied the same. They said that blankets were given to some people by some NGO. No medical camp was established by the Government in the village. John Bishop Hospital Anantnag, however, established a camp in the village. There is sub-District Hospital in Bijbehara town and a Sub-Centre in Jablipora. One lady female multipurpose health worker is at the Sub-Centre. They stated that no medicine was given to the villagers by the Government or by the Sub-Center. No chlorine tables were also given to them. They said that when flood water entered the village, they cried for help, but none came to help them. They stated that electricity was restored to the villagers after two days. They said that no compensation has, however, been paid to them for the fully damaged or partially damaged pacca or kacha houses. They said that a number of cattle died in the village, but there was no loss of human life. They said that Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag had come here and the Patwari had also conducted survey but no compensation was paid to them for their houses or for the crop which got damaged. They said that not only their orchards but the paddy fields where Shali crop was ready for harvesting, got fully damaged due to the floods. They said that Army gave two tents to 2 to 3 persons.
22/ District Poonch:
We went to Poonch on 7-10-2014 and visited some of the areas which have been inundated by the recent floods. The flood has caused havoc to these areas as a result of which, more than 150 structures have collapsed and roads and protection bunds have been washed away. We went to a camp established in a hostel, where 138 families were found putting up. All those people told the team members that they belong to ward No. 5, 11, 17 and village Kanuyian and Azad Mohalla and are staying in the camp from 4-9-2014, They stated that they were first taken to AkharaMandir and were there-after brought here. They said that for first few days, they were not given anything by anyone, but subsequently they were given small bedding viz a Mattress by the Government officials and blankets by some NGO’s. They said that Patwari and Naib Tehsildar visited the flood hit areas and prepared a report, but even then after they have not been given any relief. They said that Government has decided to pay Rs. 70,000/- as compensation for every completely demolished pacca house, but how can they rebuild their houses on such a paltry amount. They said that because of the entering of flood water in the houses, those houses have become inhabitable but the Government has not made any survey of those houses or paid any compensation. They said that after 15 days from the date they were brought to the camp, a medical camp was started over here and 2/3 doctors provided medicine etc. to them.
After meeting the people in the camp, we went to the place where from flood water has entered the aforesaid areas. We found that the Poonch river known as Soranriver flows from the mountainous range of Pirpanchal alongside Mughal road, from the higher altitude to lower. Two rivers of Mandi and Darunagli as well as other Mohallas covering adjoining villages also join this river. The people told us that there was a “Jullabridge” on the said river at a distance of about 40 feet from the police station Poonch. However, Sher-i-Kashmir bridge was constructed on the river at a distance of 3 furlong away from village Kanuyian and for the construction of the said bridge, the Government acquired lands for the road touching the said bridge. We were told that persons who received compensation encroached upon the acquired land and the Revenue Department made entries in favour of the encroachers. Construction of houses and shops was also made on these lands. Sub-standard material was also used for the construction of the bridge and the road touching the bridge was filled with sand and mud. The protection bunds were not well built as a result of which they gave up and flood entered the aforesaid areas. The people wanted that the matter should be enquired into and the guilty should be punished. We were told that the work on the bridge was started in 1994 and bridge was thrown open in 2004. The firm which constructed the bridge was one from Calcutta and as some of the construction material of the bridge was washed away by the water, the firm stopped work for some time and there-after completed the same in a hush so that the bridge is thrown open.
We went to Ward Nos. 5, 11 and 17 and also village Kanuyian and Azad Mohalla. All the people living in the area need immediate relief and rehabilitation. We were told that 27 deaths have taken place in the flood and while as ex-gratia relief has been paid to the next of kins of twenty one, same has not however, been paid to the other six, whose bodies have not been recovered as yet. We were told by the Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) Poonch that 2418 houses have been fully damaged which included 259 pacca and 2159 kacha structures. He said that 6832 houses have been partially damaged and 2203 cattle sheds have also been affected by the floods. He said that 2337 livestock have died or have been washed away by the floodsandthat 245 commercial shops/ghratsand 41783 kanals of land have either suffered damageor has been washed away. He said that eight bridges have been affected by the floods in the area and the temporary crossings have been put in place at two places.
Mushtaq Ahmad told us that all the people who belonged to these areas are helpless and as winters has set in, they are waiting for help. As no one from the Government has provided them any help they feel their very existence is in danger.
KulsoomAkhter, a widow, Tasveera Begum, ManzoorHussain and Mohammad Shafi also made the same kind of statements before the members of the team. They also stated that since their houses have become inhabitable; they should be therefore, re-located to some other place. They said that for the last one month, their children are not going to the schools and they have not been given admission anywhere. Some of the people namely Naseer Mohammad, Mohammad Khan, Mohammad Amin, Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Sidiq, Sheena, Mohammad Sadiq and BalKrishan stated that their houses and lands have been washed away, but no one has paid any heed to their miseries and sufferings. We saw the destruction and devastation of these villages with our own eyes and felt sorry for the people who have been shifted to the camp for spending their life in miserable condition, without any one taking any interest in their relief or rehabilitation.
23/ Surankote – Poonch:
After leaving Poonch on our way to Surankoot, we saw a camp at lower Potha. We entered the camp and found 182 families consisting of 400 inhabitants of SalinBhalla and KothaBalla putting up in the camp. We were told by the people in the camp that water entered their village on 3-9-2014 and after three days, they were brought in the camp. They said that after ¾ days, they were given some tents but only four tents could be used by them because the other tents were short of certain essentials. They said that they have not been given any relief by the Government in the form of food or other clothing. They said that from 6th to 8th September 2014, they were provide food by Army and from 9th September onwards, they are doing so of their own. They also stated that some NGO through Deputy Commissioner, Poonch and SDM Surankoot, provided goods to 82 families which included 10 kgs of rice, 5 kg. of sugar, tea etc, but as they have no place to cook, therefore, those goods have not been used by them. They said that two schools of these two villages have been washed away by the floods, as such, their children are not in a position to go to the schools. They stated that SDM Surankoot had conducted the survey of the area and had prepared a report also, but no compensation has been paid to them till date.
Mohammad Afzal, SDM Surankoot told the team that initially he has not received any ration for the people form the Government, but he has distributed some of the relief to them which he has received from some NGO. He said that he had also received some stocks, but it is not flood related. The people of the camp also told the team members that 04 rice husking machines, 04 flour mills and 02 fish ponds have also been washed away by the floods. They said that before Eid, they were promised to be given Gas cylinders, drinking water and electricity, but no such thing was provided to them later. They stated that the ration cards on which they were getting ration, have been washed away by the floods. These ration cards have been prepared in 2001. Since most of them do not have ration cards, they are most likely not to get any ration, if at all it is provided by the Government to the affected people. They demand that on the basis of the census of 2011, ration cards should be prepared and given to them afresh, so that they could receive ration. We found that no make shift latrine/ bath rooms have been built by the Government for these sufferers. They have no-doubt been kept in camps and some buildings belonging to Sheep and Animal Husbandry Department, but keeping in view the number of these people, one fails to understand as to why Government has not arranged the some make shift latrines and bath rooms for them. We also found that J&K State Legal Service Authority had installed a sign board in the camp, but the people said that exceptfor the day when the sign board was installed, no one has come from the State Legal Service Authority to help them. They said that a lady who had placed the sign board in the camp had said that she will come after few days, but she has not turned up there-after. They also said that a medical camp was started in the camp by Block Medical Officer in a mobile van for a few days, but there-after neither they have seen the BMO nor any doctor. They said that four houses have been washed away by the floods and 12 houses have collapsed there-after. In other houses there is mud and flood water. The houses where mud and flood water has entered are now inhabitable. They said that they should be relocated to some other places or concrete bunds should be erected around the villages, so that flood water does not enter the village again.
After visiting the camp, we have not been able to go anywhere else.
In the light of what we have seen, we have arrived at the following conclusions:-
- The State as well as Central Governments have failed to provide any kind of assistance to the flood victims and they have been left high and dry and also to fend for themselves.
- It was obligatory on the part of the Government to warn the people about the floods in advance so that they could take safety measures for protecting their life and property. However, no such warning has been given by the Government or by its officials and as such, the Government has derelicted in its duties.
- The flood management warning and forecasting system has proved a total failure. When flood had caused havoc in upper reaches of Kulgam and Anantnag Districts during the intervening night of 3/4th of September, 2014, no warning was given to the people though the water from Sagam reached Srinagar after 8/9 hours.
- Even after entering of flood waters in the villages, towns and cities, no effort was made by the Government to evacuate the people and settle them temporarily at some safer place. This task was either left to be done by the civilians or to some volunteers.
- No effort was made by the Government and its agencies to dewater the areas where flood has entered and had caused havoc, as a result of which, those houses have also collapsed, which werenot initially affected by the floods.
- No relief has been provided by the Government and its agencies to the people in early days of the flood. Almost all the people have been left to fend for themselves. After recession of floods from some areas, the relief has been provided in a haphazard manner. It has been either handed over to the Intizamia Committees or to the people belonging to certain Political parties for distribution, without any accountability.
- Whether the relief has reached to the affected people, there is no account of that with any one?. It is because of the said reason that 51 truckloads of rice was forcibly taken by Superintendent of police, Budgam and stored somewhere else.
- Where relief has come from outside, it has been distributed by some NGO’s in an unfair and unjustmanner. There is no record of these NGO’s anywhere. They have no-doubt provided relief material to certain areas, but not to the one which needed it most.
- No checks and balances have been placed on NGO’s in the course of distribution of relief. Any NGO, whether registered or un-registered, on its liking has gone to any area and provided material to the people, without knowing as to where from it came and what was the quantity of the relief sent and what was the one distributed.
- The Government has utterly failed to provide medical aid and assistance to the people. No permanent medical camps have been established anywhere to provide medical aid and assistance to the people.
- In some areas people have been given free ration after 17-9-2014, but in some other areas, they have been forced to pay and no free ration has been provided to them. In some areas people are even waiting for the ration of October 2014.
- In some areas, compensationhas been paid for the fully or partially damaged houses, but in certain areas, no survey has been made and no relief has been paid to them.
- In the areas where survey has been conducted and compensation has been paid, it has been given in the form of cheques, which have not been en-cashed by the people as yet due to the closure of Banks. In order to ensure the immediate payment of the money to the people, Government should have started payment through mobile bank vans which has also not been done.
- The amount paid to the people, whose structures have been washed away or damaged by the floods is insufficient and a paltryone, which by no stretch of imagination can be termed to be adequate for re-building or repairing the houses.
- No relief under State Disaster Response fund has been paid to any person. In some cases, compensation has been paid to the next of the kin for the dead, but in case of others, it has not been so paid because of not recovering the dead bodies. No efforts has however, been to recover those dead bodies in time.
- No LPG or kerosene oil has been provided to the affected people by the Government. Even water supply has not been restored in some areas or it has been restored/ supplied to a few without caring for others. In some areas, water tankers have been sent but in the other, no such arrangement has been made by the Government.
- There has been no arrangement on the part of the Government to remove mud, garbage and waste accumulated as a result of floods. In Rajbagh and Jawahar Nagar areas, even on 30-9-2014, carcasses of animals were floating on the water and ¾ feet of water was still in the houses.
- In the area where people have been kept in camps, no efforts have been made for make shift latrine and bath rooms for them.Even they have not been provided adequate bedding. Some NGO’s have provided blankets to them, but with one or two blankets it is not possible for a family to survive.
- Where flood water has entered in an area through breach of protection bunds, no effort has been made by the Government either to reconstruct the breaches or water of the channels/ river which has caused such breach have been diverted elsewhere.
- In the areas like Kulgam, Anantnag and Poonch, rivers which have changed their direction/ course, no efforts have been made to bring these rivers/river lets back to their original position. Any further amount of rain is bound to devastate them again.
- Some material has come from outside which include dewatering pumps, but the Government has not cared to take those dewatering pumps to the destinations for which they were meant for due to lack of resources machinery, which has caused further trouble to the people.
- In some areas people have pumped out flood water from their houses by themselves and the Government has not bothered to help them in any manner whatsoever.
- Encroachments have been made on the river beds and constructions have been permitted to be raised by the people unauthorizedly. Even constructions which still exist on those river beds, have not been demolished to clear the river beds.
- BSNL and other Cellular Companies have closed their services during the period of flood and which caused panic and aggravated the sufferings of the people. Even on date the services have not been restored properly. All the Cellular companies, therefore, deserve to be taken to task for their failure to provide service to their customers at the time, when it was needed more.
- As per newspaper reports, most of the bureaucracy left the State particularly Srinagar only when flood water entered Srinagar. Those who were available did not also tried to reach the people. They were either busy in manufacturing the records or misleading the people. This is exactly what we have seen on ground when we visited certain areas of Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Poonch. The medical camps which were shown to us to have been established/ opened / started were non-existent on ground.
- The hospitals more particularly G.P.Panth Hospital, where nine children died in one day has been left abandoned and even on the day, when we visited the hospital, there was no one from the medical department present in the Hospital.
- Since everybody is now coming up with the relief and rehabilitation package for the people who have suffered due to floods,as such for ensuring that the said relief and rehabilitation reaches the affected people, Presidents of the District Bar Associations/Muffasils deserve to be associated with the relief and rehabilitation so that they keep a vigil on the distribution.
- The schools and hospitals deserve to be fumigated so that the children are able to go to schools and the patients to the hospitals without getting infected.
- As to whether the houses, which are still standing in the flood hit areas are habitable or not, team of engineers deserve to be appointed to examine the possibility of allowing the people to live therein. This job has otherwise been left to Naib Tehsildar and Patwaries who are no experts.
These are some of the conclusions and suggestions which we have arrived at or have been able to give after visiting the aforesaid areas. There may be many more which need to be found out as early as possible.
This report is accordingly submitted for the perusal of the Hon’ble Court.
( M. A. Qayoom ) President,
J&K High Court Bar Association,
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