In pictures: Deadly Kashmir floods

The worst floods in Indian-administered Kashmir in half a century have killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water, as residents are evacuated or retreat to their rooftops.

Some 350 villages are also under water after late-monsoon rains hit the region. Across the border, in Pakistan, floods and house collapses have left more than 180 people dead.

Kashmiri residents watch sitting atop the tin roofs as soldiers evacuate people from their flooded neighbourhood in Srinagar, India, Sept 7 2014

Five days of heavy rain abated over the weekend, but flood waters in Srinagar have risen dramatically. The Jhelum river has flooded large parts of the city and forced residents onto rooftops.

Kashmiri men move with their cattle from their flooded neighbourhood in Srinagar, India, Sept 7 2014

Residents have waded through neck-deep waters with their belongings. Kashmir's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the floods were "unprecedented" but urged residents not to panic, saying rescuers would eventually reach them.

Vehicle are partially submerged in flood waters in Srinagar, India, Sunday, Sept.7, 2014

A police official in Srinagar told the AFP news agency that he feared the extent of the devastation was not yet known because phone networks were down and areas cut off. The army headquarters is also under water along with some government buildings.

Indian woman along with her child sit outside her destroyed house during flash floods in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, 07 September 2014

"Many people may have died and houses collapsed but we are not getting to know much," the police officer said, describing the situation as "catastrophic".

An aerial view taken from the Indian Air Force's helicopter shows a damaged bridge which was swept away by floods on the river Tawi in the outskirts of Jammu September 7, 2014

The flooding is being described as the area's worst in five decades.

An Indian Air Force personnel helps a flood victim girl to disembark from a MI-17 helicopter after she was evacuated during a rescue operation at a flooded area in Hamirpur Kona in Rajouri district, northwest of Jammu September 6, 2014.

India's defence ministry said thousands of soldiers, backed by 25 helicopters and seven aircraft, are engaged in rescue work and delivering blankets, tents and other relief across the Kashmir valley. More than 14,800 people have been rescued so far, and 50 army medical teams have been deployed, the ministry said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks over a flood-affected area from an aeroplane during a visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Touring the region, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the floods a "national level disaster" and promised almost $200m in aid and compensation. Mr Modi has also written to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, offering his "deepest sympathies" to flood-hit victims on that side of the border and offering help.

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