Food, water, boats, submersible pumps sent to J&K: Union Home Ministry

The Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday that food, water, boats, heavy duty submersible pumps amongst other things had been sent to flood-affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

By Manisha Singh | Updated: Sep 09, 2014, 22:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday that food, water, boats, heavy duty submersible pumps amongst other things had been sent to flood-affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

The ministry posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter that after the “review meeting today food water supply was being stepped up with dispatch of 125000 packets of biscuits, 100000 litres of water to J&K.

It also said, “Availability of boats is being augmented further with inflatable boats and fibre glass boats with out-board motors. Over 250 boats active.”

In another post the ministry claimed that “over 30 aircrafts and 31 helicopters have been made available. Air India has declared free passage for the tourists trapped in Srinagar.”

The HMO further said, “Heavy duty submersible pumps are being flown in to pump out water once the river level starts subsiding,” and added, “Three tons of milk in tetrapack is being rushed to flood affected areas of J&K, in addition to milk powder.”

“Nearly 6000 solar lanterns are being mobilized in view of the disruption in power supply in the valley,” as per the ministry led by Rajnath Singh.

Meanwhile, about four lakh people were still stranded and desperate for help today in flood-ravaged Kashmir Valley where heavy rains have eased to help scale up the massive multi-agency rescue and relief efforts in which over 47,000 people have been safely evacuated, as per PTI.

In the worst floods to hit J&K in six decades, the death toll was stated to be around 200.

A total of 61 IAF choppers and transport aircraft undertook 451 sorties non-stop overnight to carry men and relief material to submerged parts of the Valley where about one lakh troops were engaged in the rescue operations, Defence Spokesman Col SD Goswami said in Jammu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the state on Sunday and had termed the floods as a national level disaster. He had also announced an aid of Rs 10,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation of victims.

With PTI inputs