After some initial sunny days the advent of spring is turning gloomy and rainy. And that is absolutely normal. If a sunny day doesn’t make a summer, some days of rain don’t take the light of spring away.
But what worries us here is unusual. Kashmir is a place that is now perennially threatened by the danger of floods; this particularly after 2014. What adds to the danger of a flood is the fact that it snowed too much this winter, and this snow is banked on the mountains that feed our rivers and other water bodies. As the temperature rises the snow melts raising the level of water in our rivers.
Though a normal geographical phenomenon, but here it sounds an alarm. If some days of rain are added to it, the danger multiplies many times over. That is why a slight drift in weather, and some little shower interspersing sunny days make us worry. This is something that we have now been taking about almost every day after that horrible thing called 2014 floods.
And this is not something of an unfounded fear. It is real and it can strike any moment. The question that comes to surface, and no one can ignore it, is that what has been done to ward off such a danger after 2014.
If we say say nothing, we would be off the mark. But if we say the required has been done we would be far off the mark. An objective assessment of the things on the ground tells us that there is much to be done. It won’t be realistic to expect that the government can clear the structures raised in the flood prone areas and restore the earlier order when we had enough empty land for the flood water to hold.
But what can reasonably be done is to do dredging of the water bodies at a faster pace, and raise the level of embankments. That is the least the government can do. Part of it has been done, rest needs be taken up at a war footing.