Jammu and Kashmir floods: CM Omar Abdullah asks people not to panic, says help will reach soon

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday appealed to the people in the flood-hit state to not panic and assured them that help will reach them soon.

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday appealed to people to not panic and help those who are stuck in the floods. 

The CM said that rescue operations have started in Srinagar by the Air Force which is being endorsed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a visit to the state. 

He thanked Modi for additional assistance of Rs 1,000 crore.

Omar further said that 20 boats will be arriving from Delhi which will be deployed in worst-affected areas of the state capital including Rajbagh and Shivpura.

The remaining boats will be deployed by evening, he added.

Abdullah took to Twitter today and asked them to wait in safe areas until help reaches them.

“The water level in Jammu is decreasing now. So, our focus would be on relief and rehabilitation. However, the situation in Kashmir continues to be alarming due to the rising water level in areas near Sindh River,” he said.

He said that four Principal Secretary rank secretaries will be deputed to assess the damage done in Jammu and Kashmir and to ensure that relief reaches people.

Omar also said that around 12 helicopters have been put on standby to rescue people from areas where boats cannot reach.

The J&K CM said that around 50 boats are being airlifted to the affected areas from Patna, Ghaziabad and Gandhinagar to help rescue people.

He also said that he has asked the Cabinet Secretary for airlifting of boats to Srinagar urgently as well.

The state has been facing the worst floods in the last 50 years which submerged over 2,500 villages, killed around 160 people and displaced lakhs others.

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