MEMORIES OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2014, are still afresh in the minds of people as Kashmir witnessed the worst floods of the century.
The offices of Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Uzma at Press Enclave here were badly hit by the deluge. The flood waters inundated both the offices. It was GK's well-wisher Imtiyaz Ahmad Guru who risked his life amid rising water levels and shifted several computers and printers to the first floor.
For a few days, none of us (staffers) could get in touch with each other in view of the communication breakdown, and also the fact that homes of many of us were flooded.
On September 11, mobile phones started working partially and we begun to initiate steps to communicate with our readers and bring out the editions of Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Uzma. After a lot of hiccups, we were somehow able to make the website active in the first place. Our IT head Yasir Khan managed to get internet activated and then there was no looking back. We thereafter started working on bringing out Greater Kashmir's print edition. Fortunately floods had spared GK's Corporate Office at Rangreth and we decided to install a few computers and a printer there to restart our operations.
Yasir arranged a tipper which was sent to Press Enclave during night to pull out computers from the second floor. After some failed attempts, we succeeded in putting a few computers in place for layout designers and editors at Rangreth office. And field reporters filed their stories from wherever they could. After eight days, the print edition of Greater Kashmir finally hit the stands again— assuring people their voice is back.