India: Disasters in the making

Hindu: On September 6, when the floodwaters first started appearing in the Rambagh neighbourhood of Srinagar, Shakeel Ahmad and a dozen of his neighbours stood under a ceaseless downpour, shouting at each other for sandbags. In surprise, they stared at the small cement drain that meandered through their neighbourhood. Torrents of waters came rushing through it, inches away from overflowing its small embankments and pouring into their low-lying houses on both sides. The drain, they rued, would be the one......

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