‘Children’s safety should be priority in Jammu and Kashmir’

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MI-17 HELICOPTER OF AIR FORCE STATION JAMMU OF INDIAN AIR FORCE DOING RESCUE OPERATIONS AT FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS OF HAMIRPUR KONA, RAJOURI. DPR MOD JAMMU PHOTO/SN ACHARYA
Children’s safety should be the top priority for the Jammu and Kashmir government during the flood rescue operations, an NGO said Sunday.

Following reports that the children’s hospital in Srinagar being affected by flood, the NGO is concerned about the plight of children in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, where Jhelum and Tawi rivers are flowing above the danger level,” NGO Save the Children said in a statement.

The NGO said it is committed to supporting the people of Jammu and Kashmir by providing 5,000 blankets by next week.

Over 100 people have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir due to floods.

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The NGO said its team has been stuck in the flooded Raj Bagh area of Srinagar.

“We are eager to reach to the affected people and assist in the rescue and relief operations but our movement is restricted due to grim situation,” said Thomas Chandy, CEO, Save the Children.

“Children’s nutrition and health of newborns, infants and pregnant women are also the priorities that need to be focused on,” he said.

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