Flood Landslide in Kashmir

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Flood Landslide in Kashmir

Flood, Landslidein Kashmir

Rescuers raced to help communities hit by landslides in Indian Kashmir on Friday while thousands were stranded, homeless and hungry in the city of Srinagar, most of which was submerged by the region's worst flooding in 50 years. Both the Indian and Pakistan sides of the disputed Himalayan territory have been hit by extensive flooding since the Jhelum river, swollen by unusually heavy rain, surged last week. On the Pakistani side, officials put the death toll at 264 on Friday and said that more than one million people had been affected by floodwaters now cresting in the densely populated province of Punjab. In New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said about 200 Indians had been killed and around 130,000 rescued.

Whenever an extreme weather event is reported by the news, there is a debate about its possible link to the climate change. The scientists claim that the flooding in Kashmir, India on September 16th, 2014 is an example of the extreme weather event caused by climate change. Not only the flooding but also the landslide that was caused by the flood softened the land and created mud. The landslide killed more than 400 people and the flooding left hundreds of thousands stranded. Also, major hospitals were under water, and six infants died in a maternity hospital due to lack of medical care. The Carbon emission, caused by burning fuels such as coal or oil, is the most significant problem of the climate change. In addition, this can affect the Antarctica and melt glaciers. As soon as it melts, the higher temperature will evaporate the water and will form a cloud. This means there are more chances of a heavy rainfall which can cause a flooding like the one that happened in Kashmir. The climate change increased the temperature of the mountains in Kashmir that moistened the land and flooded the land. Eventually, because of excess water content in the mountinas, the land lost adhesiveness and caused the landslide. Many scientists around the world are still trying to find out the real causes of the flood and landslide in Kashmir, India. However, they said reducing carbon emissions and preserving the nature are the only ways to reduce these extreme weather events for now.

Summary

A truck that was covered by a landslide after flash floods hit Kleeth Jatt, in Kashmir, India

More than 120 people have died in Kashmir following five days of monsoon rains, in the region's worst flooding in decades

The flood change the land into the mud and cause the landslide


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