Govt speeds up relief work in Jammu and Kashmir

Wednesday 17th December 2014 07:08 EST

As the water level continue to recede, the Government of India is extending all possible help to the people of flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir by speeding up relief work.
While many areas in Srinagar are still submerged under water, the Army has managed to rescue 72,050 people while the Air Force has rescued another 17,105 flood victims.
The Navy has also brought at least 1,000 people to safer places.
Essential commodities, including food packets are being air dropped. Food packets, water and medicines are being sent to all the affected areas. Relief camps are being organised at different places and provision of food, shelter and others are being made.
Army has so far deployed 80 medical teams to provide medical aid. A team of Special DGHS, Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary and Addl. DDG Director (EMR) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been sent to Srinagar.
BSNL communication connectivity has also been partially restored in the State.
Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami has also been stationed at Srinagar since September 11 for reviewing the flood rescue and relief works.
Rains lash Valley again, Jhelum rises
Meanwhile, anxiety grew on Sunday with fresh rains lashing the Valley, the Jhelum rising, and the weatherman predicting more downpours with thunder and lightning for the next five to seven days across the state - a situation unfavorable for effective rescue work.
While the rain on Sunday was intermittent, it compounded problems of the flood-hit people in relief camps at various places in south Srinagar. Localities like Bemina, Batamaloo and Karan Nagar continued to remain under 10 to 15 feet water, the locals said on phone which worked with great difficulty. Srinagar’s two main hospital, SMHS and GB pant, are still under 15 feet water.

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