The state response to disasters in Kashmir; 1846-1947 A.D
Shahid Nabi Wani
Kashmir was continuously struck by massive disasters in the shape of floods, famines, fires, earthquakes and epidemics, right from the very first decade when Dorgas gained control over the Kashmir Valley. With the exception of earthquakes all these disasters were quite recurrent. This put a tremendous impact on the Kashmir in the shape of physical and economic losses. The present paper looks into primary sources to know what steps the state and administration took from time to time to contain the outbreak of these disasters and to lessen their impact. The researcher demonstrates that most of these steps emerged out as response to the problems created by recurrent disasters. But none of these steps was a final solution and disasters continued to occur again and again.