Thousands of marooned families in the valley were stranded on the roofs of their houses on Wednesday, waiting to be rescued. Scores of people who have been rescued and airlifted to the technical airport had spent days in the absence of any civic facilities.
Moreover, the cold waters of Jhelum added to their misery. “Since September 6, my five-year old son and husband were stranded at the top floor of a hotel. The water down was shivering cold. We had just few water bottles and some biscuits,” said Amrita, a survivor.
Like Amrita, thousands and more so who are from outside the state had to endure nightmarish conditions.
“The day I landed, it started flooding. I shifted my family to four different hotels near Dal Lake, hoping things may improve after each was getting flooded. We were left stranded at the top floor. The eatables being airdropped were not reaching here,” said Rajesh Joshi, a resident of Indore.
A large number of government employees from Jammu were also stranded at roof tops for many days as well. “The entire colony was submerged in 15-feet water. It seemed life would come to an end here. It was nothing short of a miracle that we were rescued,” said Rajesh Sharma, another survivor.