Special Report

A kid sun drying his flood-affected school books.

Elite driven!

Like air rescue teams who handpicked victims during recent floods Omar’s cabinet too fell for elite trap while deciding future of students across Kashmir. Syed Asma talks to private school owners and educationists

Sub Regional

Swathes of paddy land still submerged in Sonawari belt of Bandipora district. Pic:  Bilal Bahadur

Getting Back into Seinweir

Decades after late Bakhshi Ghulam Mohammad converted low-lying garden Seinwari into Sonawari for habitation, an overflowing Jhelum found its way in. It took villagers 25 days of back-breaking efforts to get back into their


Some traders trying to salvage whatever is possible

Stop These Purchases 

It has been more than three fortnights since the worst floods hit the nucleus of Kashmir, the Srinagar city. After the people moved away from the marooned belts and the waters receded, the


The damaged records of State Forest Department being sun dried. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

A Muck of History

In Kashmir’s checkered history preserving records of the past have always been a priority. But with floods catching officials unaware a part of Kashmir’s rich history is turned into a heap of rubble.

Photo Feature

DC Udhampur Yasha Mudgal distributing relief to the flood victims during her extensive visit to the affected areas.

Spare The Sufferer

For the last five weeks, nature has enforced the only priority on J&K – to manage the devastation of the floods that incidentally were historic. Tens of thousands of houses disappeared as more


Prasad spent 65 hours on this tree.

Bahadur on Tree!

Extreme ground situations, especially the floods, have sent people climbing over trees. In Samboora, a soldier from Tral climb up a tree but floods uprooted it and killed him. On September 7, an


All she could see was water from her window

Flood From My Window

When flood deserted Srinagar’s Press Enclave, a lady stayed back only to witness the devastating drive of Jhelum around. A government official by profession, she tells Bilal Handoo her account of awe and



‘Pointless’ Goodwill

Iqbal Zargar Almost two decade ago in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Indian Army conducted a late night search operation. In that frozen night of December, my friend’s father was picked up as he

Public Affairs

rifat abdullah

A Survival Report

Faced with certain death in deluged Rajbagh ETV’s Rifat Abdullah recorded his last message after dialling his high-end contacts for help turned futile. Syed Asma talks to the dare-devil reporter who not only


The flood left behind mud all over this man's home.

Flood Victim

The recent flood has decimated me completely. What fell on me was indeed God’s wrath, but how demigods of valley failed to rescue me is quite disturbing. After playing a role of mute


Mudasir Sofi

Salvaging Lives

A youth from Srinagar’s Balgarden locality rescued a pregnant lady, army rescuers, paramilitary personnel, arranged relief material for over hundreds inside a Batamaloo relief camp and fished out photojournalist Shafat Sidiq’s body. Bilal Handoo

Public Affairs

rifat abdullah

A Survival Report

Faced with certain death in deluged Rajbagh ETV’s Rifat Abdullah recorded his last message after dialling his high-end contacts for help turned futile. Syed Asma talks to the dare-devil reporter who not only




SRINAGAR It required a flood to make the cabinet work! Finally the government has appointed a new team for the Public Service Commission (PSC). Led by IAS officer Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie – supposed

News Notes


News Notes

Seeking AID Jammu and Kashmir government has submitted a proposal to the central government, seeking a special financial package of Rs 44,000 crore for the rehabilitation of flood affected people. The state cabinet,


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

Front Page

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,


Dal Lake

What made September 7 floods so bad?

Athar Parvaiz It has been over a month since a massive flood left the central and southern areas of Kashmir devastated killing 281 people and rendering thousands of families homeless besides damaging property