KASHMIR AND DISASTERS
Jammu and Kashmir is a multi-hazard prone region with floods, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, high velocity winds and snowstorms frequently occurring in the state.
February 18, 2005: A snowstorm in the villages of Waltengu Nad, Pachgam and Nigeenpora in south Kashmir claimed 154 lives and caused huge property damage.
October 8, 2005: In one of the deadliest earthquakes on the subcontinent for decades, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed 1,350 people and injured 6,266 in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, while 79,000 people died in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
August 5 and 6, 2010: The cold desert of Leh witnessed a devastating cloudburst followed by flash floods. The unprecedented event resulted in the death of more than 170 people and damage worth millions of rupees.
September 2014: Flooding in Kashmir claimed over 460 lives and caused damage to private property, businesses and government infrastructure worth billions of dollars.
The large-scale destruction caused by floods in September 2014 was widely attributed to decades of haphazard development in Srinagar city and Kashmir’s other towns. The flood, critics say, destroyed developmental and housing infrastructure which had been raised in the erstwhile flood basins in recent decades.
HELP Foundation, J&K executed two major disaster response programs in J&K besides some other relief projects listed under: