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September 15, 2014

Deadly flooding in India and Pakistan

Hundreds of people have died from the worst flooding in years in India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people are left homeless, with some still stranded in submerged homes. Most people in Kashmir's largest city Srinagar were affected by this disaster. Risk of disease is now a major concern due the stagnant water that still fills the area as emergency workers continue the relief efforts. --Leanne Burden Seidel (33 photos total)

Kashmiri residents struggle to withstand sudden and strong water currents while wading through floodwaters in their efforts to move to safer places in Srinagar, India on Sept. 4. The flooding began earlier this month in Kashmir, where it has caused landslides and submerged much of the main city of Srinagar, on the Indian-administered side. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

A temple is partially submerged in floodwaters in Jammu, India, Sept. 6. Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods and landslides. The death toll from the flooding in both countries has climbed to at least 457. (Channi Anand) #

A Kashmiri girl boards a boat from the window of her home as she leaves her flooded neighborhood in Srinagar, India, Sept. 4. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press) #

Vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam after heavy downpour in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab province, Pakistan, Sept. 5. Heavy monsoon rains killed over 70 people in Pakistan, as the military was called in to help with evacuations. (OMER SALEEM/EPA) #

Indian villagers look on by the edge of a missing section of a bridge across the overflowing Tawi river that was swept away as flooding continues in the Mandal area of Jammu on Sept. 6. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Kashmiri children with their belongings sit under an umbrella during rain in Srinagar Sept. 6. Authorities declared a disaster alert in the northern region after heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley. (Danish Ismail/Reuters) #

Kashmiri women wail as they stand near their submerged houses in Srinagar, India, Sept.7. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press) #

An Indian resident sits outside her destroyed home following flash-floods in Jammu on Sept. 8. Desperate residents were huddled on rooftops September 8 as they tried to escape flood waters which have already claimed more than 350 lives in India and Pakistan and left tens of thousands homeless.(AFP/Getty Images) #

Kashmiris hang on to a tree to prevent being swept away by floodwaters in Srinagar, India, Sept. 9. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press) #

Kashmiri volunteers evacuate a child from a flooded area in Srinagar, India, Sept. 6. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press) #

Kashmiri people hold a man as he falls from a tractor evacuating flood victims to higher grounds, as they move through a flooded street in Srinagar Sept. 9. The prime ministers of India and Pakistan have offered to help each other in efforts to alleviate flood havoc in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, lowering tension between the rival nations after weeks of army clashes and heated rhetoric. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) #

Rescue boats pass through a flooded area in Srinagar Sept. 11. Authorities in Kashmir collected the bodies of women and children floating in the streets on Thursday as anger mounted over what many survivors said was a bungled operation to help those caught in the region's worst flooding in 50 years. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) #

A flood victim talks with relatives as he sits on a boat while being evacuated with his family from his flooded house, following heavy rain in Jhang, Punjab province, Sept. 11. (Zohra Bensemra /Reuters) #

An Indian Kashmiri man is assisted across flood waters with the use of a rope in Srinagar on Sept. 9. Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centers after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives. (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tourists wait to be evacuated by Indian Air Force helicopters during rescue and relief operations following flooding in Srinagar on Sept. 10. Anger mounted September 10 over the slow pace of rescue operations in Indian Kashmir as authorities said they were "overwhelmed" by the scale of deadly flooding that has left hundreds of thousands of people stranded. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani villagers gather on higher ground as floodwaters enter in the Hafizabad district in Punjab province on Sept. 8. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

An aerial view taken from an Indian Air Force helicopter shows the flooded Srinagar city, Sept. 11. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) #

Indian Army personnel building a bridge over the Poonch River on Jammu-Poonch National Highway in to connect Poonch with rest of the country which was washed away due to flash flood, in Kashmir, India , Sept. 9. (INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE via EPA) #

Residents affected by flooding wait to board an army helicopter with injured people in the Peer Kot area of Jhang, in central Punjab province on Sept. 11. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani Army soldiers drop a bag of food supplies to flooded areas in Jhang, Punjab province, Pakistan, Sept. 10. Pakistani troops and rescue workers raced to evacuate thousands of people as swollen rivers headed towards the southern province of Sindh. (OMER SALEEM/EPA) #

Kashmiri demonstrators shout slogans against Indian army soldiers for the slow pace of rescue operations near the flooded area of Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Sept. 11. (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images) #

A flood-affected Kashmiri boy stands in the women's line as they wait to be seen by Indian armed forces doctors at a temporary medical camp established underneath a flyover in Srinagar on Sept. 12. The main city in Indian Kashmir has "drowned completely" under floodwaters, a senior official said, with the deadly inundation now affecting about two million people in neighboring Pakistan and threatening its all-important cotton industry. (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kashmiri flood affected people wait for relief goods in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 10 Sept. 10. An estimated 600,000 people were still stranded in India's Jammu and Kashmir state and some 215 people have died since last week in monsoon-driven floods in the state that submerged hundreds of villages, washed away bridges and roads and snapped power and communication links, a news reports said. (FAROOQ KHAN/EPA) #

Rescue workers mark the road boundaries in flooded areas in Jhang, Punjab province, Pakistan, Sept. 11. Flooding in Pakistan might affect more than 5 million people, an official said Sept the government ordered an initial assessment of losses and international help started flowing in. (LYAS SHEIKH/EPA) #

A flood affected Kashmiri girl comforts her grandmother at a mosque in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 11. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

A flood victim wades through a flooded field in Multan, Punjab province, Sept. 12. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters) #

A man comforts his sick mother after she was rescued by Indian army soldiers and civilians in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 10. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

Kashmiri volunteers carry relief material as they wade through flood-affected area in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Sept. 12. (FAROOQ KHAN/EPA) #

An elderly Kashmiri flood victim who has taken shelter in a hotel shouts for help in Srinagar, India, Sept. 12. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

Kashmiri flood victim Nazir Ahamed Dar hugs his sister Rafiqa and cries as they reunite at a relief camp for flood victims in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 15. (Mukhtar Khan/Associated Press) #

Children play in flood water in Shujabad, Punjab province, Pakistan, Sept. 14. (OMER SALEEM/EPA) #

A Kashmiri carries items salvaged from his damaged house and he walks on a ladder to reach his neighbor's house in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Sept. 14. (FAROOQ KHAN/EPA) #

A Kashmiri resident looks inside a house damaged by flooding at Chak village, south of Srinagar, on Sept. 15. Fresh rain hampered rescue operations in Indian Kashmir September 14 a week after deadly floods swamped the Himalayan region, with medics and survivors describing nightmarish conditions in the devastated city of Srinagar. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images) #