Srinagar, Sept 10 (IBNS): With the flood water receding in the Kasmir Valley, the Armed Forces and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have rescued over 76,500 persons so far from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the ongoing relief operations in the flood ravaged state.
Eighty transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps have been pressed into service.
The Army has deployed 329 columns of its personnel for rescue and relief operations, in which 244 columns are deployed in Srinagar region and 85 columns in Jammu region.
Armed Forces personnel are distributing water bottles and food packets on a large scale. So far 2,10,000 litres of water, 2.6 tonne of biscuit, 7 tonne baby food and 31,000 food packets have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas.
About 8,200 blankets and 650 tents were provided to the flood victims.
In an endeavor to provide speedy medical aid to the affected populace, 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services are already operating in full swing. More relief materials including 2000 hospital bed sheets, blankets and tents, water bottles and cooked food are being airlifted today.
So far 710 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Armed Forces, out of which 97 sorties were undertaken today itself. 807 tonnes of relief materials were dropped by the Indian Air Force. 135 Army bauts and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation.
Armed Forces have also established some relief camps in Srinagar region and some in Jammu region.
In Srinagar region, camps were established at BB Cantt, Avantipur, Old Airfield, Sumbal, Chattargam and Jijamata Mandir, where thousands of rescued people are being sheltered. They are also being provided with food and other basic amenities.
To restore the road connectivity, five task forces of Border Roads Organisation, which include 5700 personnel, have been pressed into service.
As of now, they have restored the road connectivity between Batote – Kishtwar and Kishtwar - Sinthan Pass. Work between Sinthan Pass and Anantnag is in progress and Jammu to KM 172 is open for light vehicular traffic. Jammu - Poonch road has been cleared for traffic.
In the effort to revive communication in the affected areas, the Army had already provided satellite phones to the civilian administration.
Additional nine satellite phones and 100 Mob Cell Communication Sets were distributed to civilian officials for coordinating the relief effort. 10 STD booths are planned to be set up, 30 generator sets with mobile charging stations are being air lifted from Chandigarh to Srinagar, Aircel is being assisted to revive mobile services from tower at Barzula and satellite connectivity is being provided by airlifting the Base Transmitting Station of BSNL from Kargil to Srinagar.
Meanwhile, General Dalbir Singh, COAS took an overview of flood situation in Srinagar on Wednesday and reiterated Army's commitment to continue with relief operations till the last person is rescued. Troops continue to work around the clock to evacuate people in distress and provide relief
The situation is being continuously monitored and progress of the events are updated at the office of the HQ IDS in New Delhi.
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