ACTNews, KASHMIR – Winter poses a significant challenge for Kashmiris. In addition to an increasingly scarce food supply, the Kashmiri population, most of them are impoverished, cannot afford to buy enough food. It is because of the long-running conflict that has destroyed the Kashmiri economy.
This winter, the Kashmir region, a hilly area separating India and Pakistan, is blanketed in snow. Heavy snowfall has harmed a variety of food crops in Kashmir. The cost of damage to the horticultural industry is estimated to be millions of rupees.
Snow was once a disaster for Kashmir, according to Firdaus Guritno of ACT's Global Humanity Response team. During the 2019 winter, heavy snow blanketed Kashmir since early November. More quickly than the previous winter. "In Kashmir, snow killed nine people, including a woman. The snowfall has caused a great deal of damage," Firdaus said, Monday (1/3/2022).
Firdaus adds that Kashmir, which has a predominantly Muslim population, is in desperate need of food and warm clothing. When it snows, the temperature can drop below zero degrees Celsius.
"Poverty prevents them from purchasing adequate winter clothing. Children wore only knitted clothes with holes," Firdaus stated.
Heavy snowfall in many areas of Kashmir caused road closures, flooding, and power outages. The 270-kilometer Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district was closed to vehicular traffic in winter 2020 due to an avalanche. It cut off Kashmir's only access to India.
Winter aid is a humanitarian action that ACT performs every year for Muslims in the 86,000 square mile area. The previous winter, ACT arrived with food packages to keep thousands of Kashmiris warm. ACT hopes to invite Generous Friends to help Kashmiri Muslims this year.