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The benevolence of a flood

Floods are generally considered damaging but this story is one where the farmers of Bihar willingly invited a flood to bless their fields!

Bihar is no stranger to floods. The high-volume, high-velocity floods caused by large infrastructure projects regularly disrupt lives and decimate entire villages. This is the oft-repeated narrative, one of a helpless population as victims.

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J&K floods: 13 bodies found in Srinagar house, death toll crosses 200

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Times of India

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Sep 18, 2014, 03.17 PM IST

SRINAGAR: Rescue workers spotted 13 bodies in a house in Jawahar Nagar area of the city, taking the death toll in flood-ravaged Jammu & Kashmir to over 200.

"We spotted 13 bodies in a house which had collapsed due to flooding," Muzaffar Shah, a rescue worker, told reporters.

While two bodies were taken out from the debris of the house, it will take some time to bring to shore the other 11 bodies trapped in the debris. Volunteers said the concern was that stray dogs were eating the bodies of the deceased.

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EFICOR Responds to J & K flood Update 2

Jammu & Kashmir popularly known as the "Paradise on the earth" has been ravaged by floods early this month. This picturesque tourist destination with its beautiful snow capped mountains, lakes, forests and meadows has now been devastated. Srinagar, the capital is completely inundated with water.

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Monsoon withdrawal to start by weekend

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Times of India

Amit Bhattacharya,TNN | Sep 18, 2014, 03.55 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Monsoon is likely to start withdrawing from the country within three-four days, more than a fortnight later than normal. With the withdrawal now in sight, the season's rain shortfall is expected to remain above 10%, making it a 'deficient' monsoon this year.

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The eight-fold path to gender inclusion

Development workers often do not have the tools to better integrate gender issues into water planning. Here are tips to help from two women who have created gender-inclusive water management systems.

"The men say that the well is perennial", I said. "Do you use it"? "No", replied the women. "It might be perennial, but the water is unclean. Our dals don't cook, and there are sometimes worms in the water".

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This story was first published on India Water Portal, an initiative supported by Arghyam. IWP is India’s largest resource and platform focused on water issues.

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J&K floods: Rulers of 'paradise' fight over medicines, baby food

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Times of India

Suhas Munshi,TNN | Sep 18, 2014, 05.18 AM IST

SRINAGAR: The Islamia High School in Rajouri Kadal, a 10-minute drive from Kashmir University, is spread across half-an-acre. On Wednesday, it had women and children strolling and lounging themselves on spare green patches. Some were nursing their babies, some trying to set up homes. They'll probably have to live here for the next one month. Their houses around the Dal lake are still submerged.

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Medical Relief Operation Stepped up in J&K

Relief operations have been stepped up after the visit of the Union health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to Jammu on 13th September, 2014 and Srinagar on 14th September, 2014 to review the ongoing relief activities. The Minister met the Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, Chief Secretary & Health Secretary. He advised the State Government on Public Health Measures that need to be taken to prevent communicable disease outbreaks. To improve the outreach services, HFM recommended that boats may be mobilised to send medical supplies.

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Operation Megh Rahat : 17 sep 14 Restoration of connectivity

After successfully opening the national highway between Jammu and Srinagar, Army Engineers and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) restored connectivity between Rajouri and Budhal by constructing a 180 feet bailey bridge over Ans river at Kot Ranka on 16 Sep.

Nearly 10,000 personnel of Army Engineers and BRO, equipped with over 400 dozers, excavators and JCBs, besides 300 tippers and dumpers, have restored road links at over 1000 places damaged by landslides or flash floods, besides reconstruction of various bridges across the state during the last few days.

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Jammu Srinagar Highway Cleared by Army Engineers and Border Roads

After sustained effort by Army Engineers and Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the road network south of Pir Panjal is restored on all important roads including the Jammu Srinagar National Highway which has been opened today. The major impediment to opening the NH was a massive landslide at Ramsoo near Ramban, where over 300 metres of road had been entirely washed away leaving a sheer cliff of 80 degrees slope. The entire hillside had to be excavated afresh and the effort had to be further intensified due to a repeat landslide on 12 September.

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Southwest Monsoon-2014: Daily flood situation report summary of important events as on 15.09.2014

RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

♦ Yesterday, the southwest monsoon was normal over East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Konkan& goa, Assam & Meghalaya, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Coastal Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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The 2014 Rainfall Season: South and East Asia

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• The dominant feature of the 2014 season across East Asia so far has been widespread rainfall deficits that led to delayed starts of the growing season across vast areas of the continent.

• Conditions were worst around mid July, followed by a general improvement, which still left moderate rainfall deficits as the predominant pattern. SE Pakistan has been the worst affected area, in particular for livelihoods dependent on rainfed agriculture and pastoral resources.

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Kashmir floods: collaborating to avoid landslides

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Guardian

Geologist and locals can help NGOs to prepare for an uncertain future for mountain-based communities

Rosalie Tostevin

This week a landslide in Kashmir killed more than 400 people and left hundreds of thousands stranded by flooding. As the world adjusts to a changing climate, scientists expect to see rising numbers of landslides like this.

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Floating bodies, shallow graves in flood-hit Kashmir

09/17/2014 03:23 GMT

by Parvaiz BUKHARI

SRINAGAR, September 17, 2014 (AFP) - Parminder Singh carefully lifted one of the bloated bodies from his boat as he described the horrors confronting Indian Kashmir residents after the worst floods in a century.

After days of trying and with waters receding, Singh finally managed to return to his house in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Tuesday, but his heart sank on arrival.

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Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

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World Bank

A new report documents the dynamics of violence against women across the life cycle, and analyzes the societal factors that drive perpetrators to commit such acts in the region.

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Relief operations in J&K: Focus on Srinagar, other areas neglected

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Times of India

Sameer Arshad,TNN

ANANTNAG: Mushtaq Ahmad Dar had just received three truckloads of supplies of fibreglass, cement and other hardware material for his shop in Anantnag's Lal Chowk area when the town came under water earlier this month.