Zalpora is crying out for help, attention: a first-person account
BV Rao | October 11, 2014 | Zalpora, Jammu and Kashmir
Zalpora is a village of farmers in Sumbal tehsil to the south of Srinagar. Disconnected from the summer capital way beyond the physical separation of 30 km can justify, it lives on the periphery of urban consciousness at the best of times.
Little wonder then that when, on September 6-7, the flood waters engulfed the entire village of about 2,600 people (300 families), neither cameras rushed here nor help. The village was left to its own means to battle nature’s fury.
The waters receded after 16 days, but the neglect of Zalpora continues. Today (October 10), more than a month since the flood hit the village, it has received no attention, much less, help.
Ghulam Ali and Ghulam Hussain, student leaders of Zalpora who have raised a volunteer force to help put the villages back on track, explained the terrorising 16 days to Reliance Foundation’s #MissionRahat team that brought the first medical camp to Zalpora:
But it was an unequal fight. At 00:58 on the night of September 6, the ravaging waters breached the sand-and-stone bund. Zalpora (on the left in the following video) was swallowed up in no time.
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