J&K floods a national disaster: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced a special assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir besides a Rs 2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister`s Relief Fund for the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

Updated: Sep 08, 2014, 09:52 AM IST
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Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced a special assistance of Rs.1,000 crore for the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir besides a Rs.2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister`s Relief Fund for the kin of the dead and Rs.50,000 for those seriously injured.

Modi, who took an aerial view of the flood-affected Jammu and Srinagar regions, said the current crisis was a "national level disaster". He assured the people of the state that they were not alone in this crisis.

“The floods in the state are national disaster and not just a disaster for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I have taken the aerial survey of the affected areas. The condition of Srinagar is worse. Army, Airforce and NDRF are working together to tackle the situation,” he said.

The special assistance have been announced after the PM observed that the Rs 1100 crores package available to the state government through the state Disaster Relief Fund would be inadequate.

The PM also extended support to the Pakistan government which is also facing devastation due to the floods. 

The flood fury have claimed over 150 lives and marooned thousands in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, more than 150 people have been reported dead after the torrential rains have wreaked havoc in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Punjab province.

“Indian government is ready to extend its support to Pakistani government in the wake of devastation due to floods in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK),” he said.

As the state government battles worst flood in the last 50 years, Modi took an aerial survey of the flood-affected state today and said that central government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of those killed in flood-related incidents and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

The Prime Minister also announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 crore from Prime Minister's Relief Fund to provide one lakh blankets to the people to protect them from the cold weather.

Around 5,000 tents will also be provided to those who have been displaced from their homes.

The PM said that relief operations is now the priority of the government and boats and medical facilities will be provided to the people soon.

Speaking about the dozens of bridges that have been damaged due to heavy rains in the state, the PM said that Army is working towards to restore them.

Around 12,000 people have been rescued in Jammu by  Army and IAF so far. 

Modi is currently on a visit to the state to personally review the situation.

After arriving in Jammu earlier today, he held high-level meeting with top officials and CM Omar Abdullah.