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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)

Dal dwellers turn to govt over ‘flood-like’ crisis

Dal dwellers turn to govt over ‘flood-like’ crisis
School kids walk through a flooded road at Mir Mehri. Tribune photo
BQ: “People living in the backwaters of the Dal Lake at Mir Behri have been badly affected with severe waterlogging for the last two weeks. The production of nadru (lotus stem) and other vegetables has been affected while students and commuters are also facing problems.” Firdous Ahmad, Mir Behri Welfare Society president

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, April 20

Even as the recent flood threat got averted, people living in the backwaters of the Dal Lake at Mir Behri said they were still living in a “flood-like” situation.

“After the devastating floods of September 2014 and the inundation lasting nearly four months in 2015, Mir Behri yet again has been badly affected with severe waterlogging for the last two weeks. Though the danger of the recent flood threat got over after the incessant rains and heavy snowfall, Mir Behri is still experiencing a flood-like situation,” said Firdous Ahmad, president of the Mir Behri Welfare Society.

He said the waterlogging had resulted in huge losses to the vegetable growers. “The production of nadru (lotus stem) and other vegetables has been greatly affected while students and commuters are also facing problems. The life of Dal dwellers has become hell as their activities have come to a standstill,” Ahmad said.

“We are suffering due to the mismanagement of all departments concerned. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department and the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority have completely failed in devising a sustainable and proper mechanism to channel the water of the Dal Lake. The government should find a permanent solution to the problem,” he added.

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