Jammu & Kashmir Floods Update: Telecom Stuff Airlifted to Restore Phone Lines in Srinagar

The Indian Armed Forces have used their military skill-sets to undertake massive rescue and relief operation in the flood affected area of Jammu and Kashmir deploying first time BSNL loads and other communication equipment from Jammu and Bangalore.

The Army personnel off loading boats airlifted by Indian Air Force IL-76 aircraft at Srinagar for flood relief operations in J&K, on September 07, 2014. (PIB Photo)

The Army personnel off loading boats airlifted by Indian Air Force IL-76 aircraft at Srinagar for flood relief operations in J&K, on September 07, 2014. (PIB Photo)

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.

The Naval Marine Commandos, as of Monday evening 5 pm, rescued around 200 personnel at Haigaon on Srinagar – Sopore highway. Rescue efforts are now continuing near Pantha Chowk, Srinagar. Additionally, Naval Diving Teams are also positioned on standby at New Delhi, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam for the rescue efforts.

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.

Medicines weighing 85 metric tonnes were airlifted for the flood victims and 16 relief camps have been set up in different parts of the State. So far, 1,245 people have been airlifted by the Indian Air Force helicopters and transport aircraft and 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, said the army in an update.

In all, 57 Army bauts and 118 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation and 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

20,000 Evacuated:

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth continued its review of the situation in J&K arising on account of floods, including the feat of rescuing 20,000 persons from various places by the Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

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 government 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.
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

A total of 1,737 personnel and 315.5 metric tonnes of relief material have been airlifted till 1300 hrs on 08 September 2014 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) using Forty Five aircraft flying 186 sorties which include both the Fixed and Rotary wing types.

Transport aircraft have been supporting rescue operations operating from Bhatinda, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Jammu, Awantipur and Delhi. Whereas, Helicopters are operating from Srinagar, Awantipur, Udhampur, Jammur, Pathankot and Sarsawa. Relief materials airlifted today to Srinagar, Jammu, Awantipur and other affected areas include blankets, tents, medical supplies, food (MRE – meals ready to eat) and water.

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.

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