Special Report

City centre Lal Chowk. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

City, one week after

One week after the worst flood hit the summer capital, scenes around the city were both relieved as well as remorseful. Bilal Handoo narrates certain scenes after Jhelum calmed down and let people

Sub Regional


A Night of Horror

As Jhelum was swelling, the elders in Pampore were willing to bet that the river would not touch the town because there is a history of co-existence between the two. KL Associate Editor



The Peak Refuge

Wreaking havoc in south and unleashing hell in centre, the history’s worst flood forced thousands to take refuge in upper reaches. Zawoora, a hilly village, 12km from Srinagar became shelter for thousands displaced


A view from Rustumgari, Takht-e-Sulaiman, towards Polo Ground

1893’s Great Flood

Floods have remained a routine in Kashmir. But yet, some of them were disastrous to the life and property. Famed British officer Sir Walter Roper Lawrence arrived in Kashmir as Maharaja’s Settlement Commissioner


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The Sheltering Shrine

With ferocious Jhelum inundating the habitations on its banks, displacing populations and destroying properties, thousands of people trekked to the foothills housing the shrine Makhdoom Sahab in Shehr-e-Khas. From the most revered shrine,


The Noorbagh bund that prevent the overflowing Jhelum to spill over the downtown. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

Saving Downtown

After the worst floods, the fourth estate is abuzz with the tales of the local heroics. One such unfolded in Noorbagh area where the locals turned into daredevils by containing the furious waters



Daring Rescue & Relief

Encircled from three sides by swelling Jhelum, people living in Srinagar’s posh locality Rajbagh had only downtown boys standing between life and death. Political Editor Kashmir Life Shah Abbas survived miraculously to tell


Kashmiri students from Al-Ameen Medical College  Bijapur attending patients at a camp in Pampore

Victims Turn Saviours

Despite having their houses submerged in flood waters a group of Kashmiri interns from Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur are reaching out to the affected families. Shams Irfan reports On a dusty Sunday morning,


Indian tourists being taken to Airport by the owner of hotel near Iqbal park where they were stranded a few days during floods.

Guests First

As rising levels in Dal lake made houseboats uncomfortable for the tourists, there was panic. It was felt in the official circles which prioritized visitor rescue and their onward complimentary flight out of


The Peak Refuge

Wreaking havoc in south and unleashing hell in centre, the history’s worst flood forced thousands to take refuge in upper reaches. Zawoora, a hilly village, 12km from Srinagar became shelter for thousands displaced

Life Story

A woman near Sonwar is about to hug a man who has reportedly rescued hundreds of flood affected persons including her. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

Unsung Marines

As the floods posed threat to thousands of stranded persons around Srinagar city, many young brave-hearts plunged into troubled waters to rescue the lives held hostage by the threatening deluge. Safwat Zargar highlights


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Horrors and Heroics

History’s unprecedented floods have not left the stories of horror alone, there are thousands of instances in which the heroics of youth created a new generation of role models. R S Gull details

Public Affairs


Homecoming Aid

September 7 etched into memories as the day of great horror and shock. Apart from valley, the day sent shockwaves to India’s capital where Kashmiri students and professionals planned a special homecoming loaded

Photo Feature

These women are emptying home from dirt.

Back Home in Maisuma

The post-flood picture of Srinagar city continues to be grim. At a stone’s throw from city centre Lal Chowk, Maisuma remains severely flood-hit. With locals clearing their homes and neighbourhood from muck left


Deluged Dal Lake

Twentieth Century Floods

The idea of Jhelum has remained central to the existence of Kashmir. Key to the Vale’s prosperity, the river has been the principal destroyer as well. Khalid Bashir Ahmad has written in detail


Ace Kashmiri journalist Parvaiz Bukhari during the rescue operation in Srinagar.

Media at Work

The fury of Jhelum that unleashed hell in summer capital inundating properties and putting people at risk triggered a rescue mission spearheaded by countless local brave-hearts and media men. Kashmir Life details the rescue efforts shouldered


A view of Srinagar's Lambert lane. Photo: Bilal Bahadur.

Oh, Lal Chowk!

As Jhelum retreated to its banks after creating a reign of terror in valley, the city centre Lal Chowk looks faded and filthy. With stinky ambiance, piled up debris and remorseful faces, the



The Untitled

Asma Firdous The ink is ready to dye the paper Her pen ready to obey her grip And she sits today with old missions again…! Her knowledge of language The alphabet roaming in her

Young Artist

Young Artist

Fahad Mubarak s/o Mubarak Ahmad Shah of Homshalibugh (Yaripora), Kulgama is a 4th standard student at EFF EMM School Islamabad. He drew this cartoon for Kashmir Young Life.

Arts & Culture


1903’s Great Flood

Kashmir was inundated by a great flood in 1903. Jhelum flowed down with such a huge discharge that parts of M A Road remained water logged for many years. Historian P N K


Stand Point

Two boys carrying a new born along with life support system. Photo Courtesy: FB

Back to Hakeem days?

Decimation of Srinagar’s major private and public hospitals and a chain of diagnostic centres could push the society back by many decades if the fresh investments do not undo the loss immediately, reports