Intensive rescue operations set in motion: NDRF

RSTV Bureau

kashmir_floodsTwo teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) equipped with 30 boats on Tuesday reached Srinagar as the force launched intensive operations to rescue people marooned and stranded by floods.

NDRF chief O P Singh said that 30 boats have been airlifted from Tamil Nadu’s Arrakonam and have reached Srinagar on Tuesday along with a 100 personnel strong contingent of the force to undertake and bolster the ongoing rescue operations.

“We are going to conduct intensive rescue operations from Tuesday. The fresh addition of men and material will aid our teams in rescuing more and more people stranded by floods,” Singh said.

He also said that a total of 10,470 people have been rescued by the NDRF till now as over 150 boats and other critical equipment has been lowered down in the flood affected areas.

A US national was among seven foreigners rescued by the Army and Air Force from flood-hit in north Kashmir Tuesday. The US national has been rescued and ferried to Srinagar airport, Army officials said, adding that he will be flown to Delhi.

With flash floods and heavy rainfall causing extensive damage in Poonch and Rajouri districts, Jammu and Kashmir government has directed all deputy commissioners in the districts to assess the damages.

Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shant Manu has directed the deputy commissioners of the districts to assess the damages immediately.

The affected families also met the Divisional Commissioner and apprised him about their problems. The commissioner assured them all possible efforts would be made to mitigate their problems.

Uttarakhand on Tuesday offered expertise, logistics and a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore for the flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir. In a press conference Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar said that Uttarakhand is the first state to make an offer like this to the flood-ravaged state.

Apart from the financial assistance of Rs 10 crore, Uttarakhand is also providing rafts to Jammu and Kashmir to rescue people from marooned areas and submersible pumps installed in its hydel projects to flush out water from submerged regions, he said.

Announcing an assistance of Rs 5 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha Government on Tuesday  said trained personnel are ready with equipment to undertake rescue and relief operations in affected areas.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Tuesday  announced Rs 10 crore for relief works for the flood-affected people in Jammu and Kashmir, besides supply of dry ration and boats.

The chief minister said that his government would also provide all humanitarian assistance for the flood and landslide-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir.