New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Monday to take stock of the flood-like situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The gathering also reviewed the arrangements made or required to be made to deal with the rising water in the Valley.
Seth gave a brief account of the ground situation indicating that river Jhelum was flowing above danger mark at certain places and as a result, flood alert has been issued by the J&K government.
He remarked that the J&K government is geared up to deal with the situation and all the steps have been taken to safeguard life and property from the flood waters.
The official post meeting brief noted :
"As a precautionary measure adequate quantities of rice, potable water and medical supplies are being stocked at various locations. They have adequate sand bags and river bank reinforcement material. There is no shortage of various types of fuel as there is a minimum stock level of all varieties of fuel for 10 days. The Chief Secretary, J&K Govt. about the additional requirement of rescue boats and depumping sets.
The National Highway 1-A between Jammu and Srinagar which is blocked due to landslide is likely to be cleared for vehicular traffic today itself.
On the request of the State Govt., National Disaster Response Force is dispatching 8 Teams (approx 400 personnel) alongwith rescue boats and water pumps to Srinagar to take part in relief operations."
Up to 16 people were killed as a devastating flood in the Kashmir Valley forced thousands to flee to safer places as rain-fed streams rushed down the mountains, flooding parts of Srinagar.
(With Agency Inputs)