Army and other rescue operations carried out throughout Jammu and Kashmir
RESCUE AND RELIEF OPS CONTINUE BY IAF JAMMU
Jammu : Rescue and Relief Operations are continuing relentlessly from Jammu Air Force Base for the 12th day starting from 05 September 14. The Jammu Air Force administration, is overseeing efforts of providing food refreshment, clothing and facilities of comfort to the rescued people. Transport facility to relief camps and other desired places within Jammu is also arranged by IAF.
On 15 September 14, A total of 08 sorties of fixed & rotary wing have been undertaken to supply 18.3 tons of relief material and rescue 230 people. On 16 September 14, till 1700 hours, a total of 08 sorties are undertaken to supply 9.1 tons of load. Also, 367 BSF personnel are air lifted from Jammu to Srinagar. In addition to Mi-17, Chetak and medium lift transport aircraft like AN-32, the heavy lift aircrafts like C-130 are operating both during day and night.
MASSIVE RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATION BY ARMY IN RAMSU AREA
Jammu :Continuing its untiring and humane effort of rescue and relief operations in flood hit J&K, the Rashtriya Rifles Sector based at Chanderkote has played a pivotal role in evacuating thousands of stranded migrants on NH44 near Ramsu. The Sector established three medical aid camps at Banihal, Nachlana and Ramsu regions apart from Food camps at Ramsu and Banihal area. It provided 85 Army vehicles for transshipment of civilians from Ramsu to Ramban and Udhampur. The total number of civilians who have been evacuated with the help of civil administration is over 50,000 while food has been provided to 44,618. Medical aid has been provided to around 9000 people while 25000 food packets have been distributed to stranded migrants. This humane and kind act of Army in hours of crisis and despair shows the efforts of Army towards selfless service of the nation.
Jammu : Rescue and Relief Operations continue from Jammu Air Force Base for the 11th day starting from 05 Sep 14. The team lead by Air Commodore PE Patange YSM, VM is fully geared up and continuing operations of rescue and relief. The Air Force administration, Jammu is deeply involved in providing food refreshment, clothing and facility of comfort to the rescued people. Also, the transport facility to relief camps and other desired places within Jammu is arranged by IAF. A large number of aircrafts including the fixed wind and rotary wing are operating from Air Force Station Jammu in rescue and relief Operations.
The Jammu Air Force station has been carrying out round the clock operations, making relentless efforts to supply relief materials since 05 Sep 2014. On the 10th day, 14 Sep 14, A total of 14 sorties of fixed & rotary wing have been undertaken to supply 76.84 tons of relief material and 531 people have been rescued. On 15 Sep 14, till 1700 hrs, a total of 07 sorties are undertaken to supply 15.30 tons of load and 241 people have been rescued. Braving against the prevailing adverse weather conditions, the transport fleet of Air Force was mobilised to transfer men and material in efficient manner. In addition to Mi-17, Chetak and medium lift transport aircraft like AN-32, the technical airport at Jammu has started operating heavy lift aircraft like C-130, both during day and night, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said.
The unpardoning weather and relentless Operations did not deter the spirit of Air Force team Jammu. The team of Air Force Station Jammu is well motivated and ready to face the challenges as ever.
ARMY RESCUES CIVILIANS WASHED AWAY IN DESSA NALA
The Army Camp at Gei, Doda, last evening, saved precious lives by rescuing the people near Village Gei, who were drowned in the Dessa Nala.
Villagers of Gei Village crossing the Dessa Nala. In one such group, two ladies namely Smt Seema Devi wife of Mr Sanjay Kumar and Smt Kumi Devi wife of Mr Roshan Lal with their children Monika Thakur (8 yrs) and Manisha Thakur (6 yrs) were crossing the Nala. One of them slipped and suddenly fell into the Nala and dragged the others also into the Nala. They were caught in the heavy flow of water which is in spate due to recent heavy rains.
Noticing this, the locals ran to the Army Camp at Gei. The troops immediately swung into action to rescue the stranded locals. They rushed to the site and with their valiant efforts were successful in evacuation of one lady identified as Smt Kumi Devi wife of Mr Roshan Lal and two girls namely Monika Thakur (8 yrs) and Monisha Thakur (6 yrs), both daughters of Smt Seema Devi, however Smt Seema Devi had already washed away in the strong currents. The troops later assisted in evacuation of the dead body of Smt Kumi Devi from 800 meters downstream in Dessa Nala.
After evacuating the ladies, immediate first aid was provided by the army nursing assistant and all three were taken to the nearest civil hospital at Doda. The bravery and courage shown by the soldiers at this remote location in Doda District saved previous human lives.
13 September 2014
THOUSAND MORE RESCUED IN OP MEGH RAHAT
Jammu : As Operation Megh Rahat continues, the Army has intensified its rescue and relief efforts. More than 298 columns remain dedicated to the effort. While Army has rescued more than 96000 people so far total number including people rescued by NDRF has reached one lakh forty thousand PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. Medical aid continues to pour in with 96 Army medical team teams working day and night more than 42000 people have been treated so far.
The Field hospital being inducted will further enhance the medical assistance. As the aid pours in from all the front of Army continues to feed more than 63000 people and provided shelter to many. Large amount of specialized engineering equipment and communication detachment is being inducted for restoration of water supply, communication and construction of bridges. More than 1400 jerricans of water, 90 KL of bottle water and 10.8 tanks of supply items have been included, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. Army Engineer along with BRO are working day and night to open link between Ramban and Banihal where road was completely washed off and new road alignment is being cut. Army has created transit facility in the area to tranship people. Army Wives Welfare Organisation (AWWA) has donated various goods and food packets approx 9 tonnes that including baby food and clothing, toiletries, bed sheet etc.
OVER 1,42,000 PEOPLE RESCUED SO FAR BY ARMED FORCES
WATER SUCTION PUMPS AND GENERATOR SETS TRANSPORTED TO THE VALLEY
Over 1,42,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State.
Thirteen tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day has already reached Srinagar. Engineering stores including suction pumps from Vishakhapatnam have reached to flood affected area. Twelve sewage pumps from Delhi have also been dispatched to the valley. Thirty generator sets of 3 to 5 KVA capacity have also been sent to Srinagar to augment continuous power supply in relief camps and field hospitals. Communication equipment of Department of Telecommunication, Army, BSNL and some of private companies have been dispatched to restore the communication systems in the State.
8,200 blankets and 1119 tents were provided to the flood victims. 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services are already operating in full swing. Four Field Hospitals have been established in Avantipur, Pattan, Anantnag and Old Airfield where medical aid is being provided to the ailing people. Till now they have treated around 22,500 patients. Two additional fully equipped field hospitals with laboratory testing equipment facility from Bathinda has reached Srinagar. 10 tonnes medicines and other health care materials including mobile oxygen generation plant have reached Srinagar from Delhi. More relief materials including blankets and tents, water bottles from IRCTC and food packets are being airlifted from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Amritsar. 25 tonnes of Indian gram (channa) from NAFED is also being transported to the flood affected area.
Eighty six transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps are continuing their efforts in rescue and relief operations. 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. Armed Forces personnel are distributing water bottles and food packets on a large scale. So far more than 4,00,000 litres of water, 1,31,500 food packets and over 800 tonnes cooked food have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas.
So far 1771 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Armed Forces and 2371 tonnes of relief materials have been dropped by the Indian Air Force. A total of 224 boats of Army and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation.
Armed Forces have also established 19 relief camps in Srinagar and 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 deployed in Srinagar, Rajouri and Akhnoor. As of now, they have restored the road connectivity from Batote – Kishtwar, Kishtwar – Anantnag and Jammu – Poonch. On the Jammu – Srinagar highway, BRO personnel have cleared the road up to KM 172 (Ramsu)
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UPDATE ON ARMY IN SRINAGAR
The rescue and relief operation by Indian Army entered it 9th day, the Army continued with its relentless efforts to evacuate the stranded people of Srinagar and provide relief to the evacuess. So far over 55000 people have been rescued from all across Kashmir. The receeding water of the Jhelum, while bringing cheer, is also throwing up new challenges which are being faced by the rescue parties and the persons working as part of relief teams.
With the large number of people who have lost their homes, the need for relief and logistic has assumed greater importance. Hence the focus of Army is shifting to relief and distribution of food, water and medicine. Relief material has started getting inducted in large quantum. Essentials such as tentage, eation, medicines and water pumps for flushing the water out from water logged areas. Supplies being received from all across the country and being inducted through Air Force aircrafts is being handed over to civil administration. Army has also establish Field Hospitals at Badami Bagh Cantoment. Army is also supporting the civil administration and various central government agencies in clearance of roads, establishement of communication, tentage for relief camps and so on .Different braches of Army are assisting and facilitating the agencies working on related services.
Today, in Srinagar relief aid was provided to approx 11,000 civillians in the most affected areas of Shivpora, Ram Munshi Bagh, Haft Chinar , Rajbag Tatoo Ground ,Tankpura ,Jawahar Nagar, Gorgi Bag and other adjoining areas. Army has pressed in 13 Cheetah helicopters and similar numbers of ALH to drop in food packets, water bottles and medicines to large number of villages in South Kashmir, Srinagar and some areas of North Kashmir. In valley, today approx 3500 civillians were rescued making it to a total of 55,000 approximately. Medical aid was provided to approx 6500 peoples.
OP MEGH RAHAT CONTINUES IN AT POONCH Jammu : In the past 72 hours the Army has established two most strategic and vital links with Poonch; the bridge over Duranghi Nala on 9th September and on 11 September 2014 the bridge over TDR Nala have been the two most singular events in restoring vital connectivity with Poonch, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. GOC, White Knight Corps, Lt Gen K H Singh, AVSM, YSM was himself present along with GOC of the area to oversee the Engineer effort. As on today, 75 columns of Army are deployed in the area with around 6000 army persons working day in and out. So much so, that the situation in this part of J&K has drastically improved. There are 2800 persons and around 123 tents placed whom the Army is continuously looking after in terms of food, medical aid and shelter, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. RELIEF TO ANGRALA VILLAGE BY ARMY Jammu : Uniform Force is currently taking full efforts to provide relief to the AWAM of Reasi District by launching continuous search, debris clearance, evacuation, first aid relief and rehabilitation operation in the badly affected area and giving all possible assistance to large number of people in these areas. The Bagga based Rashtriya Rifles has set up a relief camp at village Angrala in Reasi District. The camp is providing assistance by giving first aid, warm food, blankets, shelter and medicines to approximately 316 patients. Most importantly drinking water is also being given to all them. The resources provide by Army and Air Force helicopters to needy civilians are being distributed to almost all villages of Mahore area including those Gujjars and Bakkarwals who move to Pir Panjal Ranges alongwith their Deras. These stranded people were rescued and evacuated to relief camp by Army columns. All the injured people are regularly being given medicines and change of bandages so as to avoid further spread of infection and curtail possibilities of any epidemic. The timely help being extended by the JAWANS is being accepted well by the AWAM who are now in unison agreeing that it is indeed the Armed Forces which has come to their rescue and relief in these testing times. OP MEGH RAHAT CONTINUES IN AT POONCH Jammu : In the past 72 hours the Army has established two most strategic and vital links with Poonch; the bridge over Duranghi Nala on 9th September and on 11 September 2014 the bridge over TDR Nala have been the two most singular events in restoring vital connectivity with Poonch, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. GOC, White Knight Corps, Lt Gen K H Singh, AVSM, YSM was himself present along with GOC of the area to oversee the Engineer effort. As on today, 75 columns of Army are deployed in the area with around 6000 army persons working day in and out. So much so, that the situation in this part of J&K has drastically improved. There are 2800 persons and around 123 tents placed whom the Army is continuously looking after in terms of food, medical aid and shelter, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. ARMY COMMANDER’S WESTERN COMMAND VISITS TIGER DIVISION Jammu : Lieutenant General KJ Singh, Army Commander, Western Command accompanied by Mrs Anita Singh, Regional President, Army Wife’s Welfare Association (AWWA) reached at Tiger Division, Jammu, today. They were received by Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, Corps Commander, Rising Star Corps and Maj Gen Dushyant Singh, General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division. The Army Commander will lay wreath at Balidan Stambh. In a separate function, Mrs Anita Singh will visit Asha School at Jammu and will interact with the families of the Garrison. ARMY DISTRIBUTES WATER STORAGE TANKS TO BORDER VILLAGE Jammu : Water Storage tanks were distributed to the border village Nakka Mohalla by a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion stationed at Mendhar under Romeo Force, today. The water tanks have been distributed at an appropriate line when the area is grappling with the recent floods. This village was facing acute problem of drinking water. On the demand of locals, the Army unit provided three 2000 liters community water storage tanks to these villages. This village has perennial water springs but the major problem was of storage of water. In view of these the women folks of this area had to face problems in the day to day life. Speaking on the occasion Mr Mohd Sharif, Sarpanch of Nakka Mohalla thanked the Indian Army and said the tanks will be utilized aptly and for the common good of the people. He assured that this noble step by the Army would help in providing potable drinking water to his complete village and would be cherished by all. INDIAN ARMY RESCUED 75000 PEOPLE FROM J&K
Udhampur: On the Eleventh day of the rescue operation ‘Operation Megh Rahat’ the Army has intensified its rescue efforts. While more than 220 columns remain dedicated for the rescue efforts the number of people rescued by the Army has increased to 75,000 and the total figure is over one lakh including NDRF. The Army Medical authorities have provided medical help to the affected people with about 96 medical teams working round the clock. The Army Doctors have provided medical aid to more than 35000 people of the State. More than 8 Tones of medicines including pediatric medicine, IV fluids and other stores have been inducted. The Army is also in the process to inducting a Field Hospital in Srinagar, which will further boost the medical assistance to the flood affected people. Total of 40 Tones food items and more than 1.10 Lakh liters Tones of bottled water has been distributed to the people. In addition large number of blankets, Tents, utensils and clothing items have also been distributed so far. The Aviation wing of the Army has employed about 30 Helicopters for the rescue operations. The Army with its concerted efforts has also provided safe shelter to more than 2500 people and food to about more than 50000 people. The Army Engineers have employed more than 200 BAUTS and about 160 OBMs in the rescue operations. Specialised Army Engineer and Communication detachments and equipment are being air lifted from Jammu, Udhampur and other locations of the country to facilitate restoration of water supply, telecommunication and bridge construction in the valley. In view of blockage of road at Ramsu more than 10000 people have been transhipped from Banihal and other areas to Udhampur and Jammu. Army has created transit facilities at Ramsu and Ramban where food, medical and other essential facilities are being provided to the people. ================================================================================================ 11 SEPTEMBER, 2014 ================================================================================================ ARMY ENGINEERS IN J&K Udhmpur (J&K): Recent heavy rains in Jammu and Kashmir from 01 Sep to 07 Sep 14 and the consequent floods resulted in major deterioration of roads affecting the connectivity for about 1000 km of road in Kashmir and approximately 1100 km of roads in Jammu region. In addition, NH-44, which is the major lifeline connecting these two regions of the state, was also cutoff. The damage includes washing away of roads and bridges, damage to formation work of the roads and multiple landslides away of roads and bridges, damage to formation work of the roads and multiple landslides at numbers of locations. Under the aegis of Indian Army’s Northern Command and as part of OPERATION MEGH RAHAT, Army Engineers and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) took up the mammoth task of restoring the connectivity in the state in addition to maintenance and upgradation of the existing road network. Equipment, machinery and men are deployed 24 x 7 for any arising eventuality. A total of 200 Dozers / Excavators /JCBs, 300 Tippers / Dumpers and 5000 personnel in Kashmir region and 220 Dozers / Excavators / JCBs, 200 Tippers / Dumpers and 4000 personnel in Jammu region are working day and night since the calamity broke out for restoration of road network in the state. Over 500 landslides and roads sinkages have been addressed in Jammu region alone and a equal number in the Kashmir region. A number of bridges have been damaged / washed away in Kashmir and Jammu regions which has necessitated the construction / maintenance of the same by Army. The Jammu- Srinagar National Highway (NH-44) is open for traffic from Jammu upto Ramsu and from Ramsu to Khanabal through Jawahar Tunnel. At Ramsu, Army Engineer and BRO are working day and night to clear three major landslides which are critical for opening of the road. Roads from Srinagar to Zojila and Srinagar to Baramula have already been opened. Road from Batote to Kishtwar and further to Ananatnag has been opened for light traffic. Road from Jammu to Poonch via Akhnoor has also been opened. ARMY COOK HOUSE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS Udhmpur : The Army in Udhampur military station has established a round the clock unique and exclusive Cook House, cooking freshly prepared food for the flood victims in the Kashmir valley. The food packets are being packed individually and meant to last over 72 hours. Food for approximately 3000 – 4000 people on a daily basis is being prepared and dispatched to Srinagar via Army and Air Force helicopters. About 10,000 packets have been air lifted so far. ================================================================================================ 10 SEPTEMBER, 2014 ================================================================================================
COAS Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag interacting with rescued individual in Srinagar
Picture by Aashish
ROAD LINK BETWEEN POONCH AND RAJOURI RESTORED IN J&K
In Jammu & Kashmir the flash flood washed away one part of DorungliBridge on 06 September 2014. The bridge was on DorungliNala, Poonchriver, which connects Poonch to Rajouri by road passing through famous Nangli Sahib Gurudwara. The Indian Army swung into action and started the re-construction work 09 September 2014 after the weather cleared up. One Task Force of Army Engineers and troops from Poonch Brigade along with the Border Roads personnel made the bridge operational by the afternoon on same day itself.
This bridge is the only link from Poonch to Rajouri. After the breakdown of other bridge over Poonch River, the Shere-Kashmir bridge, the people of Poonch were completely cut off from rest of Jammu region.
India Air Force rescuing people in various parts of Kashmir RESCUE OPERATIONS BY VAJRA CORPS Jammu : Flood Relief Column of Vajra Corps continued rescue operations in Srinagar for the third day. The rescue arc has been extended to the areas of Rambagh, Tengpora and Mihjoor Nagar. The total personnel rescued till 9 am on 10 September 2014 are 1767. Five Army medical teams comprising of a doctor each are working round the clock alongwith the Engineer Task Force of the Vajra Corps to provide on the spot medical aid to the flood victims, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. The relief aid in terms of food and clothing items for the flood victims has started flowing in to the cell established in the Cantonment for the purpose from all agencies (military and civil), which will be transported in military aircraft to the affected areas of Srinagar. The contribution and collection of relief aid is in full swing in all the station of Vajra Corps. ARMY INTENSIFIES THE RESCUE OPERATIONS IN THE STATE Jammu :On the Eight day of the rescue operation ‘Operation Megh Rahat’ the Army has intensified its rescue efforts. While more than 220 columns remain dedicated for the rescue efforts the number of people rescued by the Army has increased to 50,000, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. The Army Medical authorities have provided medical help with about 50 medical teams to more than 19,000 people and about 2500 people have been provided with shelter at various locations across the state. Mixed load weighing upto 42 Tons comprising of essential items like milk, cooked food, medicines etc have also been provided to about 27,000 people of the state, involving more than 30 Army Helicopters and Air Force assets. The Nursing officers of the Army are also helping the efforts by cooking food and providing meals to the civilians stranded at Srinagar Cantt. Meanwhile food packets of cooked food are being packed and sent to Srinagar under HQ 71 Sub Area at Udhampur. This massive operation of reaching out to the needy by the Army has committed more than 220 BAUTS and more than 150 OBMs The road connectivity of the flood effected Kashmir valley from the Leh side has been restored by the concerted effort of the Indian Army Engineers, the Border Road Organisation along with the help of about 3500 labourers. The efforts are also on for establishing the road link to Jammu region over the Sirtham Pass till 10 Km from Anantnag, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. The Army’s relief operations are continuing in full swing with the troops working round the clock to evacuate the people under distress and also provide relief to the population in terms of water, food, relief material and medical assistance. Latest rescue operations
RISING STAR CORPS : SAVIOR TO MANY Jammu : Continuing with its resolve, to extend its assistance in all possible way in restoration of normalcy in flood ravaged state of Jammu & Kashmir, and more especially in forward areas near International Border in Jammu region, the Rising Corps has provided tonnes of food and necessary medical assistance to needy people, displaced from flood affected areas. Army Engineers of The Rising Star Corps, have worked tirelessly and have constructed a 150 meter long floating bridge on Nikki Tawi River at Jammu, which has been opened for civil traffic on 10 Sep 2014. The bridge will help restore road connectivity to flood affected area in the vital forward areas of near International Border in Jammu. The connectivity to the island area was cut off due to of the existing bridge being washed away in the catastrophic flood in Tawi River on 05 Sep 2014. Engineer teams have completed the task in record two days time on 10 Sep 2014, which involved movement of heavy stores, deliberate planning and launching the bridge with clinical precision. It is pertinent to mention that the bridge serves as the only connectivity to major villages of Sohanjana, Makwal, Alora and Marke Chak between the two branches of Tawi River. In addition, a bailey bridge is also being constructed at Hamirpur Kona by the Engineers teams, which will soon help restoration of road communication and expedite the relief operations in these areas. Rising Star Corps has also established four Medical Camps, one each at Makwal, Sajwal, Molu and Hamirpur Kona, and is providing necessary medical assistance to all the needy people. They are also being informed about ‘water borne diseases’ and ‘how to make water safe for drinking’. In two specific cases, one each at Molu and Makwal Medical Camps, two ladies, were evacuated to Jammu Medical Hospital, one even being air-lifted, where they delivered babies. Army Aviation helicopters have been actively involved in rescue operations and provision of essential food items to flood affected people of Jammu region. Over 2500 Kgs of food has been dropped at Riasi and Kistwar by these helicopters, over the last two days. Apart from that, another consignment of essential items, including bedsheets, daris, and packed food has also been sent to Srinagar, to assist the people in the Valley. ================================================================================================ 9 SEPTEMBER, 2014 ================================================================================================ KASHMIR FLOOD AND ARMY’S MISSION SAHAYATA
UDHAMPUR: As Mission Sahayata of Chinar Corps in Kashmir, enters eight day, Army completes rescue and evacuation of over 21000 people trapped in flood waters all over including Kashmir 6060 persons evacuated from Srinagar itself. There are a total of 135 columns that have been employed by Army in entire Kashmir out of which 62 are operating within Srinagar town. Army’s efforts have been intensified over last two days, with additional rescue and relief resources getting inducted from Chandigarh, Delhi, Jodhpur, Chennai. Over 50 aircrafts of Air Force and civil aviation were flown in with relief material. Number of Air Force and Army helicopters are operating, evacuating stranded persons from beyond the areas upto which they are being brought using boats. Army is coordinating efforts with civil administration proactively. Areas that are most affected include Rajbag, Jawahar Nagar, Girji Bag, Shivpora, Batwara, Indranagar, Ram Munshi Bag, and other adjoining areas. There are 67 boats with rescue teams operating the areas such as Shivpora, Batwara, Indranagar, other areas such as Rajbag, Jawahar Nagar and Gorji Bag, are being addressed by the operations launched from the Airport end of Srinagar. Army has pressed in Cheetah and ALH alongside Air Force Helicopters to lift people from the inundated areas. Massive efforts have been underway with Army scaling up its efforts on relief front in teams of distribution of water, flood and medicine. Photos of Flood rescue operation
Bridge Construction at Poonch
RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS BY CONDORS Jammu: With the onset of the unpredictable torrential rain, creating havoc in the whole of J&K is the worst of natural calamities that the state had ever seen in last fifty years. The Air Force sensed the gravity of the situation and rose to the occasion in no given time with the helicopters of Air Force Station Jammu. Air Force Base, Jammu launched mission on 05 September 2014 wherein 108 people were successfully rescued inspite of adverse weather conditions, PRO Defence, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. The unpardoning weather could not deter the spirit of the CONDORS, the Helicopter Squadron of Jammu Base and unit lived up to his motto ‘Count on Us’. The Squadron pilots flown mission in heavy rain, poor visibility and low cloud conditions causing crew to fly close to the terrain to locate and recover the survivors. The herculean task continued with increased pace on 06 September and 07 September 2014 and still going on, wherein till now 572 people have been rescued and 22 Tons of relief load with an air effort of 27 hours has been dropped to grief struck population in various inaccessible parts of Jammu. ARMY INDUCTS MORE SUPPLIES FOR RELIEF OPERATIONS : 30,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED 09-09-2014: The Army has pressed into service more than One Lakh troops equipped with 170 boats to evacuate the marooned residents of Kashmir Valley. 40-50 additional Boats have been flown in today from areas as far as Rajasthan and Punjab. About ten Medical teams have also arrived at Srinagar from Chandigarh today and more are expected to reach shortly. Army authorities have also inducted more than ton and a half of food including cooked food and ready to eat food packages as well as about 30 Tons of bottled water daily with the assistance of the Air Force. Not to be left behind, the Army Wives Welfare Organisation (AWWA) has also dispatched relief stores today PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said . Army medical authorities have flown in 2 Tons of medical stores capable of treating more than 7000 patients from Kanpur. Additional Paediatrics specialists have also arrived today and more than 100 infants and children have been treated at the Army Base Hospital. The Army is executing the complete rescue operation in close synergy with the Indian Air Force and the NDRF teams. This is the seventh day of the rescue operation the Indian Army has employed more than 220 columns and evacuated more than 30000 people to safer places PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said. The Army’s relief operations are continuing in full swing with the troops working round the clock to evacuate the people under distress and also provide relief to the population in terms of water, food, relief material and medical assistance. OPERATION MEGH RAHAT : NO RESPITE YET ; ARMY WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO RESTORE LOST HOPES 09-09-2014:Today 263 people rescued from Srinagar and Airlifted to Jammu, 12.2 tons of food and relief material also airlifted to Srinagar from Jammu: Till reports last came in. 08-09-2014:Even after lapse of 48 hrs since the rains have stopped Army is busy thoroughly in putting back the lost smiles. Devastation caused due to floods is huge. Akin, to Uttarakhand tragedy that happened last year there is much work now left to restore the lost links, reopen the roads, rebuild the damaged homes, buildings of bridges. Last 24 hours Army has flown one C130 globemaster which landed at Jammu with about 1000 blankets and 50 tents. The tents will be utilized in further equipping already established 15 temporary camps at different locations to provide shelter to the homeless. Blankets will be distributed at the rest Camps. Army has established shelter Camps at Poonch, Rajouri, Thanamandi, Bela, Potha, Sanai, Kishtwar, Akhnoor, Budhal, Gul, Gulabgarh, Sungri, Salomé, Kandi, Samote, Mahore and Chasana areas. All the Camps are providing shelter to strength ranging from 50 to 1182 homeless people. In addition six Bauts and six OBM, have been airlifted from Jammu to Srinagar to speed up the ongoing rescuing efforts. Army is also imparting medical treatment to the flood victims. Till date approximately 1700 people have been treated in the flood affected areas of Jammu-Reasi region. As places where drinking water is not available due to breakage in pipeline Army is sending its water bowser’s to quinch the thirst of all people. In a major endeavour Army has deployed 3000 personnels and 150 Major road clearance equipment to finish the task of reopening the roads at the earliest. Consequent to the efforts Jammu-Rajouri-BG link has been restored and the NH-44 has been cleared from Jammu to Reasi. Rescue operations are on when reports last came in. ARMY INTENSIFIES OPERATION MEGH RAHAT Massive flooding caused in Kashmir due to incessant rains since 03 September got worsened when River Jhelum already flowing few meters above danger line, breached its banks at number of places in highly populated areas of Srinagar town. Over night the water level rose to 15 to 18 feet submerging upto two stories of thousands of houses in the areas of Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Shivpora and Indranagar. So much so that almost half of the Badami Bagh Cantonment of Srinagar was similarly affected. Army, which was already heavily committed on rescue and relief operation, pooled in all its resources and further intensified the rescue and relief, employing a total of 84 columns with 15 Engineer teams to bring the people to safety. Over 3000 civil persons were evacuated on 07 September, bringing the total to over 12700 civilians who have been evacuated to places of safety. In addition to this, Army had to evacuate over 1400 of its own personnel and their families from the areas that had got inundated due to flooding. Army is also involved in providing shelter, food, water and medicine to the affected persons. Limited number of boats available with Army was causing a major hindrance to the rescue operations. To overcome these problems, Army has inducted 8 boats and an Engineer Task Force using Air Force aircraft and requisitioned/commandeered additional boats from the civil administration and others, immediately pressing them into service. Alongside these efforts, numerous sorties of Air Force aircraft have inducted much needed stores and equipment such as blankets, tentage, medical stores, 30 additional boats for other agencies and variety of essential stores that will be needed as part of relief efforts. On the sidelines of the rescue operations large scale relief camps are being established at Avantipur and Anantnag. To cater to the people being evacuated from Srinagar, makeshift relief camps have been created inside Badami Bagh Cantonment and the services of 92 Base Hospital Srinagar are being utilized. The weather being clear, a number of helicopters were also pressed into action to transport rescue and relief materials to the isolated areas of South Kashmir. In addition to these essential items, these helicopters have also airlifted four boats and a medical team for Anantnag. In Srinagar town, the major rescue efforts were launched in the areas covering Shivpora, Indranagar and areas adjoining Badami Bagh, as the areas on the other side of Jhelum river could not be accessed from the BB Cantt side of the town. With induction of the additional boats into Valley, additional missions from the airport side are being launched to cover the highly affected areas of Raj Bagh and Jawahar-nagar. Army has planned to continue the rescue operations even during night as there are thousands of people trapped in second floor, third floor or on the roof tops. The effected people being rescued are being housed within the Badami Bagh Cantonment. Defense Spokesman, Lt Col Manish Mehta said that the flood relief columns of Army are working tirelessly, risking their lives. A total of 80 villages from the valley were provided assistance, food packets and medicines. 1400 Army personnel and families evacuated from within the BB Cantonment comprised 120 children staying in BB Cantt Transit Camp, 900 Army personnel and 380 families residing in the flood affected areas. Army is tirelessly working to save the precious lives of Kashmiri Awaam and providing succor much beyond its resources. Additional resources are also being pushed from Delhi Chandigarh and other areas to obviate the problems of connectivity, communications, shelter, food and medicine. A total of 1737 personnel & 315.5 metric tonnes of relief material have been airlifted till 1300 hrs on 08 September 2014 by the Indian Air Force (IAF) using Forty Five aircraft flying 186 sorties which include both the Fixed and Rotary wing types. Transport aircraft have been supporting rescue operations operating from Bhatinda, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Jammu, Awantipur and Delhi. Whereas, Helicopters are operating from Srinagar, Awantipur, Udhampur, Jammur, Pathankot and Sarsawa. Relief materials airlifted today to Srinagar, Jammu, Awantipur and other affected areas include blankets, tents, medical supplies, food (MRE – meals ready to eat) and water. IAF CONTINUES WITH FLOOD RELIEF OPERATIONS IN J&K Air Force helicopters with IAF Garud Commandos on board operating in the flood affected areas have so far winched up 321 victims & relocated them to safer areas. In some cases the Garuds had to dismantle the roof and evacuate people trapped in the top floors of their houses. All efforts are being made to evacuate as many people as possible despite the inclement weather and limited resources. The CONDORS of Air Force Station, Jammu continued the flood relief operations in Jammu Sector and Srinagar. Today till reports last came in, 09 sorties of MI-17 were flown. They carried 10 tons of relief material and medicines to Poonch, Rajouri, Sarh, Reasi, Banihal, Kishtwar and Srinagar. 06 boats, 600 Kg Medicines and the team of 12 doctors was carried to Srinagar by AN-32. 01 Air Force Station Jammu helicopter has also been put into service at Srinagar to rescue the flood affected people. 40 Police persons, 4 Ton BSNL Batteries and some boats are yet to be ferried to Srinagar. ARMY UPDATE ON MISSION SAHAYATA >Buildup of troops and relief material continues unabated in view of the ongoing flood situation in Kashmir and inundation of large areas including Build Up Areas and villages. Deployed army columns have build up to 212 and approx 22,000 people have been evacuated so far, including 2000 persons from Srinagar city and adjoining areas on 09 Sep. 65 Medical Teams and 15 Engineer Task Forces(ETFs) are deployed and airlifting of 04 additional ETFs and 10 Medical Teams is underway. Relief operations are continuing with unabated intensity. 83 Tons of Emergency rations, 3000 blankets, 45,000 liters of potable water, 1000 life jackets and 220 Tents are also being airlifted from Chandigarh, Pathankot and Kanpur. The buildup of troops and rescue materials will continue in view of the impending task at hand. All available army aviation recourses have been pressed into service. >Buildup of troops and relief material continues unabated in view of the ongoing flood situation in Kashmir and inundation of large areas including Build Up Areas and villages. Deployed army columns have build up to 212 and approx 22,000 people have been evacuated so far, including 2000 persons from Srinagar city and adjoining areas on 09 Sep. 65 Medical Teams and 15 Engineer Task Forces(ETFs) are deployed and airlifting of 04 additional ETFs and 10 Medical Teams is underway. Relief operations are continuing with unabated intensity. 83 Tons of Emergency rations, 3000 blankets, 45,000 liters of potable water, 1000 life jackets and 220 Tents are also being airlifted from Chandigarh, Pathankot and Kanpur. The buildup of troops and rescue materials will continue in view of the impending task at hand. All available army aviation recourses have been pressed into service.