Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday directed officials to provide total support to the Jammu and Kashmir government to enable it ramp-up rescue and relief operations following massive floods in the state and he stressed on the need to quickly reach essential commodities to the affected people.
The Srinagar-Leh National Highway connecting Ladakh with Kashmir Valley was reopened for traffic on Tuesday after remaining closed for seven days due to heavy rains, boosting connectivity to the flood-hit region awaiting crucial supplies.
The flood fury in Jammu and Kashmir has worsened due to heavy rain over the past four days. 100 people have died so far and continuing rain and flooding has hampered the efforts to retrieve the bodies.
As incessant rains and flash floods lashed Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah supervised the rescue and relief operations in most areas including a premier hospital till late Thursday night.
Slamming the special package announced by Naveen Patnaik for cyclone victims as "half-hearted and futile," BJP today said it was a knee jerk action taken before completing proper assessment of damage caused by the calamity.
Cleaning and relief operations were underway at various villages of Bharuch district and parts of the old city after flood waters began receding quickly, a senior district official said here on Tuesday.
Relief operations resumed in disaster-hit Uttarakhand on Tuesday as the weather cleared up after three days even as most of the personnel engaged in clearing debris and cremating bodies at Kedarnath were withdrawn with the state government deciding to replace them with a new team.
Facing criticism over reported
delay in dispatching a relief train to the Sainthia accident
site, railways today maintained that its medical team reached
the site in about one and half hours time of the mishap.