Kashmir is battling its worst floods in 20 years

At least 70 people have been killed and many more are missing after heavy rains caused flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir this week. The dead include nearly 50 members of a wedding party who were traveling in a bus that got washed away.

Rescue operations are being severely hampered due to incessant rain, local authorities have said, and the downpours are expected to continue for another two days. Jhelum, the state’s main river, is flowing several feet above the danger mark. The 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for second consecutive day today.

This is what some of the flooded parts of Kashmir look like right now.

Residents leave a flooded neighborhood on a boat in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
Residents leave a flooded neighbourhood on a boat in Srinagar. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Kashmiri residents wade through floodwaters in Srinagar.
Kashmiri residents wade through floodwaters in Srinagar. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Indian army soldiers walk through a flooded road during a rescue operation in Srinagar. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Kashmiri residents carrying a goat wade through floodwaters in Srinagar. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Residents stand and watch water level rise on the banks of the River Tawi in Jammu. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Kashmiri men carry a boy to safety after their neighborhood was flooded in Srinagar. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
People stand near their submerged houses on the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu. (Reuters/Mukesh Gupta)
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