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Dirty water causing health problems in Kashmir after deadly flooding

  • A car is partially submerged in an inundated neighborhood of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri)

    A car is partially submerged in an inundated neighborhood of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kashmiri volunteers pass water bottles to paramilitary personnel guarding their camp in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri)

    Kashmiri volunteers pass water bottles to paramilitary personnel guarding their camp in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

  • A dog is stranded on a tree in an inundated neighborhood of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri)

    A dog is stranded on a tree in an inundated neighborhood of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Flooding from days of heavy monsoon rains partially submerged Srinagar and left more than 400 people dead in northern Pakistan and India. The flood waters have begun to recede, but vast fields of crops have been destroyed and tens of thousands of families have lost all their possessions. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

Experts worry a health crisis could be looming nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, with countless bloated livestock carcasses now floating across the waterlogged region.

Doctors are already seeing cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus among the population. Rescue workers are rushing in medical aid, water pumps and purification systems.

Dr. Swati Jha with the aid group Americares said Tuesday that "the most essential need right now is that of clean water."

The scale of the disaster is unprecedented for the Himalayan region, which is divided between India and Pakistan while being claimed by both.

In Indian Kashmir, more than 200 people have been killed and another 275,000 evacuated since the floods hit 13 days ago.