J&K floods: Will rescue every stranded person, promises Army Chief
Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag promised to rescue every stranded person from the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
Srinagar: Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag promised to rescue every stranded person from the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Will rescue every stranded person in J&K,” Suhag said as per a news agency and added, “Rescue operation is being carried through day and night.”
He also said that the Army was trying to restore road communication till Thursday and probably would be motorable for lighter vehicles.
The Army Chief told the media that food, water, medicines and blankets were being provided to the people and they had also been given satellite phones for use.
“We have enough boats. In the morning today total number of people evacuated was 49,832,” he further said.
Suhag was in the state capital to oversee the massive rescue exercise launched by the Army.
At the same time he expressed confidence that situation would improve 'quite a lot' a lot in two to three days.
"It (situation) is improving. Water level is receding. I was here three days back and from then to now the water level has come down four to five feet or six feet at some places. So things are improving," he told reporters, as per PTI.
As per reports, so far, more than 9,500 persons have been rescued from Srinagar and 2,000 have been provided shelter in Badamibagh Cantonment.
Meanwhile, flood waters started receding in Kashmir Valley today giving a chance to civil and military rescue teams to reach lakhs of stranded people but anger mounted over the pace of relief efforts and concerns grew over potential spread of water-borne diseases.
Hectic efforts were also underway to gradually restore the snapped telecom links which had hampered rescue work.
On the other hand J&K government has come under criticism over its handling of relief and rehabilitation work.
An NDRF jawan was attacked by angry locals here while few other personnel of the force were heckled while they were rendering relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit areas.
However, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he understood people's anger and did not grudge it, promising that people in worst affected areas would be given free ration for six months.
Srinagar town remained the most critical part of flood relief efforts today. Areas of Rajbag, Jawahar Nagar, Gogji Bag and Shivpora where the bulk of the stranded people are located saw a step up in evacuation efforts. Dozens of boats were also pressed into service while food packets were dropped from air.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited J&K on Sunday and said that the floods in the state was a nation level disaster.
He also announced Rs 10,000 crore aid for the relief and rehabilitation work.
With PTI inputs