J&K Floods Update: Death Toll Shoots up to 400 Despite Massive Rescue Operations

Relief materials (blankets) being distributed by Indian Air Force at Air Force Station Awantipur to flood affected people in J&K.

Relief materials (blankets) being distributed by Indian Air Force at Air Force Station Awantipur to flood affected people in J&K.

Jammu and Kashmir flood situation turns worse with death toll mounting to more than 400 on Tuesday, with tens of thousands still trapped on rooftops and 2,000 villages submerged in waters in Kashmir valley, despite a massive rescue and relief operations taken up on war-footing by the Indian Armed Forces.

A senior official from India’s National Disaster Response Force was quoted to have said in New Delhi that the “damage is shocking.” People have been stranded on the rooftops of their homes for the last three days in some parts of Kashmir, he told the media.

Indian Armed Forces and NDRF so far rescued 47,227 people so far and 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.

Authorities 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. To protect people from diseases, speedy medical aid was rushed to the region and 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, in addtion to 135 Army bauts and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats already sent there.

BSNL and army are on aggressive mood to restore its mobile services through satellite network and the telecom network at the earliest as the Air Force communication equipment and a team from a private telecom company are being airlifted from Delhi.

To restore the road connectivity, 5,700 men of Border Roads Organisation have been pressed into service and as of now, they have restored the road connectivity between Batote and Kishtwar. Work between Kishtwar and Sinthan Pass is still in progress and Jammu to KM 172 is already open for light vehicular traffic.

Fifteen engineering task force teams, boats and other life-saving equipment have already reached the flood affected areas and the situation is being monitored round the clock at the office of the HQ IDS in New Delhi, said a statement.

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