14 children among 43 dead in Kashmir floods

Photo (1)Fourteen children who died at a hospital here are among the 43 people found dead in the Kashmir Valley as the flood waters receded in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities said Saturday.

Officials Saturday said the 14 children had died in the government-run G.B. Pant Hospital here. The hospital and other major hospitals in the city, including the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) and the Government Medical College (GMC), were inundated in the floods.

More than 15,000 people from different parts of the country are waiting at the Srinagar airport to be flown out of the flood-ravaged Valley, officials said.

Although the local radio station and Doordarshan are still unable to resume services, an alternative arrangement was started Friday by airing flood-related messages through the Prasar Bharati controlled FM station here.

All telecom connectivity, including landlines, mobile services and the internet, are shut for the fifth day Saturday in the Valley despite claims by the authorities that these were being restored “on a war footing”.

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