Over 110,000 people in J&K rescued so far by Armed Forces

11.09.2014

EVENING UPDATE: OVER 110,000 PEOPLE RESCUED SO FAR BY ARMED FORCES
ANOTHER BATCH OF MARINE COMMANDOS ARRIVES IN SRINAGAR

UDHAMPUR: Over 110,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed

Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing
rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State. A third batch
of Naval Marine Commandoswith Rubberised Inflatable Craft (Geminis),
Out Board Motors (OBMs), Compressors, Diving sets and satellite phones
arrived at Srinagar to support the rescue operations.

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Eighty four transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and
Army Aviation Corps have been pressed into service. Army has deployed
around 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations, in which 21,000
troops are deployed in Srinagar region and 9,000 troops in Jammu
region.


Armed Forces personnel are distributing water bottles and food packets
on a large scale. So far 2,24,000 litres of water, 31,500 food packets
and over 375 tonne cooked food have already been airdropped and
distributed in the flood-affected areas.

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8,200 blankets and 650 tents were provided to the flood victims. 80

medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services are already

operating in full swing. Four Field Hospitals have been established in

Avantipur, Pattan, Anantnag and Old Airfield where medical aid is

being provided to the ailing people. Till now they have treated more

than 21,500 patients. More relief materials including blankets and

tents, water bottles and food packets are being airlifted from

Hyderabad, Baroda and Delhi.

 

So far 1081 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of

Armed Forces. 1411 tonnes of relief materials were dropped by the

Indian Air Force. Keeping in view of urgent requirement of more boats

in the rescue operation, Army has deployed 90 more boats in Srinagar

and adjoining areas. A total of 224 boats of Army and 148 NDRF's

inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation.

 

Armed Forces have also established 19 relief camps in Srinagar and

Jammu region. In Srinagar region, camps were established at BB Cantt,

Avantipur, Old Airfield, Sumbal, Chattargam and JijamataMandir, where

thousands of rescued people are being sheltered. They are also being

provided with food and other basic amenities.

 

Thirteen tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration

plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day is being

transported to Srinagar today. Engineering stores including suction

and submersible pumps from Vishakhapatnam and Jodhpur are also being

sent to flood affected area. Communication equipment of Department of

Telecommunication, Army, BSNL and some of private companies are also

being sent to restore the communication systems in the State.

 

To restore the road connectivity, five task forces of Border Roads

Organisation, which include 5700 personnel, have been pressed into

service. As of now, they have restored the road connectivity from

Batote – Kishtwar and Kishtwar – Sinthan Pass. Work between Sinthan

Pass and Anantnag is now open for light vehicles. Jammu – Poonch road

has been cleared for traffic. On the Jammu – Srinagar highway, BRO

personnel are trying hard to clear the road blocked by fresh landslide

at KM 69 and KM 131.

 

 

9.9.2014

Efforts on to restore communication, road connectivity

UDHAMPUR: A massive rescue and relief operations by the Indian Armed
Forces is on in Jammu and Kashmir with more helicopters and rescue
materials including boats pressed into service today. Armed Forces and
NDRF so far rescued 47227 persons in different regions of J&K. Army
has deployed 220 columns of its personnel for rescue and relief
operations, in which 135 columns deployed in Srinagar region and 85
columns in Jammu region. They have distributed 7,200 blankets and 210
tents.

The Army also distributed 42,000 litres of water, 600 kilograms of
biscuit, 7 tonne baby food and 1000 food packets in the flood-affected
areas. Additional water bottles are being airlifted from Chandigarh
and Delhi. In order to meet the shortage of food in the flood-affected
area, cooked food including biscuits are being sent from Delhi,
Ahmedabad and Hyderabad on a large scale.

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. So far 451 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and
aircraft of Indian Air Force and 563 tonnes of relief materials are
dropped by the Indian Air Force.

Altogether 61 aircraft and helicopters have been pressed into action.
135 Army bauts and 148 NDRF's inflatable boats are actively involved
in the rescue operation.

BSNL with the assistance of the Armed Forces is trying hard to restore
its mobile services through satellite network and the telecom network
at the earliest. Besides, Air Force communication equipment and a team
from private telecom company are being airlifted from Delhi.

To restore the road connectivity, five task forces of Border Roads
Organisation, which include 5700 personnel, have been pressed into
service. As of now, they have restored the road connectivity between
Batote and Kishtwar. Work between Kishtwar and Sinthan Pass is in
progress and Jammu to KM 172 is open for light vehicular traffic.

Fifteen 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.

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