Copters deployed for relief works in Kishtwar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 20:57
Jammu: The army and civil administration carried out relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district for the second day today as helicopters were deployed to ferry medicines and food packets to people caught up in higher areas due to unseasonal heavy snowfall.

Relief works were progressing and copters were used to carry medicines, food stocks and blankets to worst-hit Warwan area, officials said.

Heavy snowfall on May 28 and 29 resulted in loss of about 3,000 livestock besides immense damage to properties in Marwah and Wadwan areas of the hilly district.

Authorities are yet to confirm any human loss of life. However, unconfirmed reports put the death toll at around 20 and missing persons at over 100.

"We are yet to get a full picture about the human loss or death. Army, Police and civilian teams have gone to the areas and the full details will emerge soon," Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) of Kishtwar Nazir Ahmed said.

Refuting media reports of death of people, he said it is too premature to arrive at the conclusion as no bodies were so far recovered.

Helicopters of Indian Air Force (IAF) today ferried relief materials including food packets, blankets, medicine and other items to Warwan valley of the district.

The helicopters took off from Udhampur-based IAF station and dropped relief materials at various places for people caught in the high-altitude areas engulfed by heavy snow.

A joint relief column comprising of army doctors, civilian veterinary doctors, police personnel and officials of district administration were airlifted from Kishtwar to Warwan, Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 corps Brig Gurdeep Singh said.

The unseasonal snowfall mainly affected Gujjars and Bakerwals who migrate to the higher reaches in search of fresh pastures for their livestock.


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 20:57

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