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Flood water traps Valley’s tourism industry

SRINAGAR

The iconic Boulevard Road that is invariably part of any Kashmir picture postcard with ornate houseboats lined on the banks of Srinagar’s centrepiece – the Dal Lake – now looks like a swamp. The flood waters have receded to one foot, but the damage it has caused to hotels, houseboats and restaurants along the slush and stink it is leaving behind is a telling reminder of the damage caused to Kashmir’s key tourism industry in its backward.

Instead of cars parked, boats are either moored or ferrying people on the Boulevard Road that is just 1.5km from chief minister Omar Abdullah’s residence on Gupkar Road. Almost all hostels and restaurants in Srinagar’s main tourist district were submerged and tens of thousands of tourists were marooned for days without food, water and medicines.

Read the full report at Times of India

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