Kuldeep Kaur, who was marooned in Srinagar for the past many days, started weeping as soon as she landed and met her sister at the IGI airport here saying that the situation in flood-affected Srinagar is pathetic. “There is no help from the state government to rescue the victims,” she added.
She along with 20 other people and four children was brought from Srinagar to Delhi by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC). The DSGMC has also been sending relief material for 1 lakh flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir everyday for the past eight days.
Kamalprit Kaur, another victim who was brought by the DSGMC, said she was helped by the Army to come out of the floodwater. Later, she came to Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga where she got registered her name with the gurdwara management committee to go to Delhi where her brother lived. The air fare was paid by the gurdwara committee.
Suman Prasad, who lived in Bhiman in Srinagar, said his quarter was inundated by floodwater. He was on the second floor. He said when he saw that the water level was rising, he jumped into the floodwater and swam out. He came to Delhi with the help of the DSGMC.
Suman said as all his belongings, including money, were washed away in the water, he had nothing to eat. He came to know about the relief camp in a gurdwara where he reached and got relief.
Besides, Sukhvinder Singh, Surjeet Kumar and Balbir Kumar, who were working as carpenters in Alchi Bagh in Srinagar, were also brought by DSGMC volunteers to Delhi. They said they were saved by the Army men.
DSGMC president Manjit Singh (GK) and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the committee had deployed boats and divers to rescue the flood victims.
Senior Akali Dal leader BS Ramoowalia said the gurdwara committee was helping all flood victims and not just Sikhs.