Flood fury in J&K: Armed forces rescue over 1.10-lakh people
SRINAGAR: The armed forces have rescued over 1.10-lakh
people in relief operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir where more than
30,000 troops have been deployed along with 84 helicopters and transport
aircraft of the Air Force.
“84 transport aircraft and helicopters of Air Force
have been pressed into service while the Army has deployed around 30,000 troops
for rescue and relief operations, in which 21,000 troops are deployed in
Srinagar region and 9,000 troops in Jammu region,” a Defence Ministry release
Keeping in view the urgent requirement of more boats
in the rescue operation, Army has deployed 90 more boats in Srinagar and
adjoining areas and a total of 224 boats of Army and 148 of NDRF's inflatable
boats are actively involved in the rescue operation, it said.
Armed forces personnel are distributing water bottles
and food packets on a large scale and 2,24,000 litres of water, 31,500 food
packets and over 375 tonne cooked food have already been airdropped and
distributed in the flood-affected areas.
Engineering stores including suction and submersible
pumps from Vishakhapatnam and Jodhpur are also being sent to flood affected
areas, the release said.
Communication equipment of Telecom Ministry, Army,
BSNL and some of private companies are also being sent to restore the
communication systems in the state, it said.
To restore the road connectivity, five task forces of
Border Roads Organisation, which include 5700 personnel, have been pressed into
service. They have restored the road connectivity from Batote-Kishtwar and
Kishtwar-Sinthan Pass on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Meanwhile, winching operations of the Air Force had to
be halted for a while after stone-pelting by the people stranded on ground, IAF
officials said. (Agencies)