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About 20,000 persons rescued from Kashmir

New Delhi: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) chaired by the Cabinet Secretary Shri Ajit Seth continued its review of the situation in J&K arising on account of floods. The Committee was informed that nearly 20,000 persons have been rescued from various places by the Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Air Force helicopters with IAF Garud Commandos on board operating in the flood affected areas have so far winched up 321 victims & relocated them to safer areas. In some cases the Garuds had to dismantle the roof and evacuate people trapped in the top floors of their houses. All efforts are being made to evacuate as many people as possible despite the inclement weather and limited resources. Nine fixed wing aero planes consisting IL-76, AN-32, C-130 and 29 helicopters have been pressed into service. In addition, 14 fixed wing aircrafts have been kept standby for carrying material required for J&K relief and recovery process. By Sunday, 15 teams of NDRF, 200 columns of Army have been deployed in J&K. NDRF has got more than 244 boats which have been pressed into the services in the valley. The requisite manpower, life jackets and life guards are available. A team consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Communication & IT, Ministry of Home Affairs and Mother Dairy have reached Srinagar to take stock of the situation to enable the Govt. of India to extend emergency support facility to the local administration. Packets of biscuits, ready to eat food and drinking water bottles and sachets have been rushed in last night with further supplies carried to the valley for distribution today. Indian Railways is transporting rake load of bottled water and sachet water to Jammu today. 3G towers numbering 90 have started working. 10 VSAT systems are being air lifted to restore critical telecom towers. Sattelite link from Bardula has been provided. As an emergency coverage of the logistics, petroleum products, food stock and medicines will move from Leh to Srinagar. Similar quantities of food, petroleum products and medicines will also be moved from northern India via Manali – Rohtang Pass - Leh - Srinagar to replenish the stock. So far 23,530 stranded people have been evacuated by the Army in different regions of J&K. Army has deployed 215 columns of its personnel for rescue and relief operations. They have distributed 5,000 blankets and 140 tents. The Army also distributed 23,000 litres of water and 600 kilograms of biscuit in the flood-affected areas. Additional water bottles are being airlifted from Chandigarh and Delhi. In an endeavor to provide speedy medical aid to the affected populace, 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services have also swung into action. Eighty-five metric tonnes of medicines were airlifted for the flood victims. 16 relief camps have been set up in different parts of the State. 1245 people have been airlifted by the Indian Air Force helicopters and transport aircraft. So far 140 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Indian Air Force and 155 tonnes of relief materials are dropped by the Indian Air Force. Altogether 52 aircraft and helicopters have been pressed into action. 57 Army bauts and 118 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation. 30 more inflatable boats are being airlifted from Arakonam, Tamil Nadu. Eight engineering task force teams along with boats and other lifesaving equipment have already reached the flood affected areas to supplement the rescue operation. The situation is being continuously monitored and progress of the events are updated at the office of the HQ IDS in New Delhi.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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