When floodwater entered Indian cricketer Parveez Rasool's Bijbehara residence 10 days back, his first reflex action was to drag his two cricket kit bags upstairs on the first floor but little did he know what would follow.
"For the last 11 days, I was literally cut off from the society as none of the telephones or cell-phones were working. There was no internet connections. It was a helpless situation for me and my family. We were staying on the first floor as the ground floor was filled with flood water. I would like to inform all my friends and relatives that we are safe," a relieved Rasool told PTI from Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, which has also been hit by the floods.
"I am able to take this call as I am getting mobile signal some 2 kms from my residence. I came to know that there were rumours that there is no trace of me and my family due to floods. That's wrong. Yes, situation was terrible but it's better in Anantnag right now. I am planning to go to Srinagar within next two days. I haven't been able to contact my Jammu and Kashmir Ranji teammates," he said.