J&K floods: Election Commission defers poll preparedness review visit

The rescue and rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir were stepped up on Wednesday as weather condition improved.

J&K floods: Election Commission defers poll preparedness review visit
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah termed the situation in the state as ' very serious' on Wednesday even as over 76,000 people have been rescued by the Indian Army in the worst floods that the state has seen in the last six decades.

“The situation is very serious. The opposition should not play politics over it as it is not in my hands to start and stop rains. If they have a solution to the problem then they can inform me,” Omar said.

He further said that relief and rescue operations are being continuously carried out by the Indian Army, NDRF, police and civil administration.

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The Election Commission has postponed its visit to the state today ahead of the Assembly elections.

The poll body is yet to take a call on postponing the Assembly elections in the state.

Also Read: EC puts off poll preparedness review visit to J&K

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh will visit Srinagar to review the situation and monitor the relief and rescue operation being done by the armed forces.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh said that telephone connections in Jammu and Kashmir will be restored within one or two days.

Also Read: Telephone links in Kashmir to be restored soon: Jitendra Singh

Air Commodore Prashant Patange said that rescue operations are taking place even as night and relief materials are being sent to Srinagar.

“We will leave no stones unturned to rescue people from the flooded areas. Our priority is to rescue women, children and casualties. Once relief material reaches Srinagar, only then it can be dispatched further to other areas,” he said.

Union Cabinet will hold a review meeting in Delhi today evening to discuss the situation and progress of relief and rescue operations in the state.

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Angry locals today heckled NDRF personnel in Srinagar during rescue operation. One of the personnel was seriously injured in the hand during the incident.

Over one lakh Army personnel are carrying out the relief and rescue operations in the state where over 200 people have lost their lives in the calamity.

As the water level in the state's capital receded today, the Army is now focusing on restoring Internet, electricity, phone and road connectivity to Srinagar.

Telecommunication lines were also restored in several parts of the city.

Train services between Katra-Udhampur have been restored.

Air India is ferrying tourists stranded in the state to safer places including Delhi and Chandigarh, the ANI reported.

Meanwhile, IRCTC will supply RailNeer water to the victims in the flood-hit state by air and train.

IRCTC is scheduled to dispatch one lakh bottles to Kashmir by air today. It had earlier dispatched 66,240 and 25,920 bottles by air on September 7 and September 8 respectively. On September 9, 10,0008 bottles were supplied.

Congress leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz was reportedly heckled by the flood victims when he visited a relief shelter in Srinagar yesterday.

The Army had restored Srinagar-Leh highway, which connects Kashmir valley with Ladakh, making it easier to supply relief materials to the people stuck in the state.

It is working towards restoring the remaining damaged highways in the state in the next few days.

The Narendra Modi government will also implement Google application, 'Person Finder' app today, which was used in last year's Uttarakhand floods.

The app will help search and rescue teams to locate people living in an area and deploy men and material to evacuate them from marooned locations. 

Also Read: India turns to Google app to aid J&K rescue effort

A total of 61 IAF choppers and transport aircraft having been reportedly rescuing people and carrying men and relief material to submerged parts of the Valley.

State-run Pawan Hans Helipoters Limited and private chopper firms also joined the massive rescue operation in the state. 

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