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Survivors search for missing relatives.

AFTER crossing neck- deep water in flood- hit Srinagar on Sunday afternoon to search for his sister, Mushtaq Ahmad Dar found the lone Kashmir maternity hospital closed. Scores of starving dogs howled at Dar and his brother accompanying him there.

Saima Rashid was admitted on September 7 when floods swept the city. " Is anyone out there?" Dar shouted. From the hospital's third floor, a person responded saying that all patients were shifted to other places. " Where?" Dar asked. " I have no information," the person replied.

Dejected, the two brothers, who had travelled from south Kashmir's Tral town, came out of the hospital. They asked Bashir Ahmad, a lonely guard of the 500- bed hospital, for the whereabouts of their sister.

" All patients have left. Nine patients were here but they were evacuated last evening to some unknown place," he said.

Dar and his brother are not the only persons searching for their missing relatives.

Muhammad Aslam Khan, a resident of remote Ahrabal village in Kulgam district, is also searching for his sister admitted to the hospital on Sunday. " I don't know whether she is alive," he said.

Some distance from the hospital, people wait for boats of Shikarawallas and NDRF personnel to ferry them to the worst- hit Mahjoor Nagar locality. But then there are few boats and hundreds of people waiting to reach there.

" I have been waiting for a boat since morning. My daughter Bisma Mehraj was working as domestic worker at a lady doctor's house at Mehjoor Nagar. I don't know whether she is alive. She is only 14," a woman said.

" Should I go to Doordarshan and tell them to telecast news about my daughter?" she said. Unfortunately, she is unaware that even the DD office is inundated and all DD Kashir ( Kashmir) news is being run from New Delhi.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
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Date:Sep 15, 2014
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