Commanding Officer for the Indian National Disaster Response team said “the lack of communication is a major setback because the Commanding Officer could not communicate with his own team.” He said this in light of the collapse of the communication systems due to the flood, stopping rescue efforts and medical workers indefinitely.
The severe flooding in Northern India, leaving Srinagar, Kashmir with hundreds of people dead and 70% of the population completely affected by the floods.
Bharat Sancher Nigam, a telecoms service provider, said that restoring communication for India will be difficult because their equipment and power supplies are drowned in the flood. BSN Executive Director M.C. Chaube said that it will take time to restore the network as the flood needs to subside before they can assess the damage and provide restoration efforts.
The flood’s death toll is currently above 150 casualties. In Pakistan, the death toll had increased to 231. Punjab hs 156 due to heavy rains in floods. Around 2,100 villages needed to evacuate their homes, swimming in more than six feet level of water.
Militant Group Lashkar-e-Taiba had also given rescue efforts using its own boats and ambulances. Meanwhile, they accuse the Indian government for causing the flood to become more severe.
India’s social networks have flooded with missing person searches as relatives have been torn apart by the storm.