Narendra Modi visits J&K: Announces Rs. 1000 crore assistance for floods
* This tragedy is of national level. It is not just an issue restricted to Jammu and Kashmir.
*Medicines should be provided and boats should be made available in places which have been affected by water-logging.
* Operations via helicopter will be fast-tracked since the weather is clear today.
* I have asked for 1 lakh blankets to be purchased from the Prime Minister’s relief fund.
* The Centre will provide an additional assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore to Jammu and Kashmir.
Chief of Army Staff visits Akhnoor
Sheep breeders asked not to move till weather improves
JAMMU: The sheep and goat breeders are advised to be utmost careful and restrict their movement in view of the prevailing inclement weather and heavy rains.
The breeders, particularly on upper reaches are advised to remain halted at safer places in order to save life of their own and that of their livestock.
They are further advised to contact their nearest First Aid Centre/ Sheep Extension Centre/ Office of Sheep Husbandry Department in case of any help required for their livestock. The breeders are further advised to remain extra vigilant until the weather improves.
Health advisory for public
SRINAGAR: The Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, Epidemiology & Public Health Division issued Health Advisory for the General Public of flood affected areas.
Over the last 72 hours, heavy and prolonged rainfall in Kashmir has lead of flooding and the communicable diseases can be reduced by adopting some measures.
The advisory stated that drinking water and water used for cooking, washing utensils, washing hands etc. should be made safe by boiling or chlorinating the water. The water should be brought to rolling boil (5 minutes) before consumption. The people should be aware of contamination of water. If the taste, colour and smell of water are suspicious, it is important to purify water by any means.
It further stated that any food that is in contact with flood water should be discarded, disposal of excreta should be done away from water sources, open air defecation should not be allowed, discard any object that may have absorbed flood water cannot be easily cleaned, wash your hands after direct contact with the flood water and wash your hands with soap and water before eating food and after using the toilet.
Haj flights postponed till September 12
SRINAGAR: As per notification issued by State Haj Committee, all the Haj flights scheduled up to September 12th, 2014 stand postponed. The notification to this effect has been issued by the State Haj Committee in view of incessant rains and flash flood in the State.
The new dates for these flights would be notified later on.
Major damage to Jhelum Bund averted
Omar oversees removal of fallen Chanir Tree at Rajbagh Band
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah this night after receiving the message that a Chinar Tree has fallen on river Jhelum Bund near Convent School endangering breech in the bund, rushed to the sport and directed to immediate removal of Chinar. The operation for the same was started under his supervision.
Till the filing of this report the removal of the Chinar tree was being conducted on war-footing.
61 Evacuated; 10 Houses damaged fully, 41 partially
Relief Camps established in Kathua
KATHUA:District Administration organised relief and rescue operations at various places in Kathua with assistance of Police, Civil Defense and locals.
At Rajbagh, 55 persons were rescued from flooded Ujh River, 3 persons were rescued at Kore Punnu in Hiranagar and 3 in Billawar.
Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary along with SSP Mohan Lal, SDM Hiranagar, Sohan Lal, Tehsildars and SHOs of Kathua and Hiranagar visited various areas in Kathua, Ujjh, Rajbaghm Hiranagar and Lakhanpur inspected the damaged to private and public property and supervised relief and rescue operations. Damages have been reported by Irrigation department, municipal committee, revenue and other departments.
District Red Cross Society established a relief camp for 55 rescued persons at Rajbagh where SDM Hiranagar and SHO Rajbagh camped for assistance to families. Ration, Biscuits, Pre-cooked foods, medicines, safe drinking water and other facilities were made available at the camp. The DC inspected the establishment of camp of assured the families about all assistance being extended by district administration. Ten tents have been set up and two buildings made available for camp.A joint control room for disaster management has been established in DC Office headed by Addl Deputy Commissioner Prasanna Ramaswami and including officials from Revenue, CAPD, Flood Control, Rural Development, Red Cross and Police.
Meanwhile Tehsildar Billawar Manmeet Kumar and SHO Billawar lead the rescue operation for three persons trapped in an island and shifted to hospital. SDM Basohli and SDM Bani supervised the operations in respective areas; road connectivity to Bani remained hampered in Bani for second consecutive day. Ujh river crossed the danger mark of 60,000 Cusecs and marked 1,06,217 cusecs at 1300 Hrs.
As many as 41 houses were damaged partially and 10 houses fully. Relief has been rushed to affected areas by the district administration and arrangements made for civil supplies and essential services.
19 dead, infrastructure damages worth crores, thousands displaced
Administration ready to meet post flood challenges: DDC
POONCH: People of three tehsils of district Poonch that are being affected by a flash flood, biggest since 1959, had a huge sigh of relief as three days of incessant rain stopped in the afternoon with water level in the Poonch river lowering significantly.
All the affected people, especially those whose houses have been damaged or washed away, have been moved to safer shelters established by the district administration at Gujjar & Bakarwal Hostel and Eidgah Poonch having capacity of more than 500 people.
Madarsa Zia-Ul-Uloom and Dashnami Akhara have also provided shelter to hundreds of people. Approach road to the Sher-e-Kashmir Bridge has been damaged and several buildings both government and private have been washed away. Several other bridges in the district have also been washed away which has led to many areas being cut off.
Bridge over Darungli nallah has also collapsed. There has been a massive loss to property worth crores while nineteen lives have been lost. Five lives have been lost at Hill Kaka, 01 at Gundi, 09 at Khet/Sawjian, 04 at Gagrian while 150 people are still marooned at Potha-Sanai Bela and 90, 02, 05 and 06 at Khanetar, Bhainchh, Dingla Bowali and Jhulas respectively where rescue efforts are on.
Four persons are reported missing while as five persons have been injured at different places. District Administration has been able to rescue 26 persons from Draba, Chambber, Azad Mohalla Khalsa Chowk, Dungas, Dinglaw Bowala, Baila Surankote and Degwar Malti.
Village Kalas and Degwar Terwan are still under threat and population there has been shifted out.
LPG Cylinders and other essential food items are being provided by the CAPD department at the established shelters to the affected people.
District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Mr. M H Malik has assured the restoration of electricity supply and road connectivity at the earliest and efforts for the same are already on war footing. Before supply of electricity is restored, drinking water will be provided by using Gen Sets. He has also said that administration is geared up to meet all the post flood challenges.
DDC imposes restrictions along banks of river Chenab for two days
RAMBAN: According to DC Ramban, Farooq Shah Bukhari, it is raining heavily and the gates of the Dul Hasti Dam shall be opened, as a result there will be increase in water level.
Keeping in view these circumstances, the movement of people, vehicles and animals along the banks of river Chenab shall be restricted for two days w e f 6-09-2014.
DDRC established to monitor flood situation at Kathua
KATHUA: In view of incessant rain in across the district , the District Administration has constituted a District Disaster Response Cell at DC office complex to monitor the situation.
A team has been constituted headed by Tehsildar Jatinder Mishra and others officials will function around the clock in equal shifts at DC Office Complex Kathua. A dedicated telephone number has been installed to take calls related to information of any disaster.
65 dead in J&K due to situation created by rainfall
Srinagar: State government Thursday afternoon informed that total 65 people lost their lives across Jammu and Kashmir due to situation created by rainfall.
45 people out of 65 have been killed when a bus carrying a marriage party plunged into river in Rajouri district.
While the rest 20 people lost their lives due to flood-like situation created by rainfall in valley since morning.
Meanwhile river Jhelum was flowing four feet above the danger mark Thursday afternoon compelling authorities to sound a flood alert in Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources said that the water level of rivers and nallahs is increasing after every hour as the rains are continuing.
Scores villages have been inundated by floods in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag and Kulgam. Incessant rain over the past three days has wreaked havoc in many parts of the Valley with south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts the worst-hit.
Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah said flood alert has been sounded in Srinagar city and all emergency services have been pressed into service to meet the eventuality of floods.
Leh-Srinagar highway remained close for the traffic following a landslide at Zojila pass near Drass.
Some parts of Srinagar city along the banks of Doodh Ganga stream were flooded as the water was flowing over the banks.
Bone and Joint Hospital Srinagar and adjoining residential areas were flooded with water.
The patients at the Bone and Joint Hospital were shifted to the upper stories of the buildings following water-logging last night.
The MeT office has forecast more rains over the next 48 hours raising the possibility of more areas of Kashmir getting flooded.
Heavy rainfall has resulted in closure of the 300 kilometer long Srinagar-Jammu highway as landslides have occurred at many places on the Highway.
Army Launches Massive Rescue Mission in Kashmir
Srinagar: Army in Kashmir launched massive rescue mission to evacuate people from flood affected areas to safer places. Large number of people have already been taken to safety and non stop effort is made to extricate people caught in critical conditions.
1RR is operating 8 columns in Villages Sangam, Hasan Pura Bagh, Shamsipura, Turktachlu, Khudwani, Ledwani, Howrah and Quimoh. 80- 100 (around 15 families in Turktachlu and Shamsipura) people rescued and shifted to unaffected villages. Sand bags distributed to affected villages. 25 children and 30 adults wete also rescued using tyre , tubes, ropes at muslim mohalla, KP road, Anantnag.
3RR column operating at village Hariparigam rescurd 24 persons ( 6 families).
50RR personnel operating in Drangbal, Pampore resued over 30 persons.
9RR has six columns working including Engineer personnel with ropes, tyres & tubes at Banjarpura and Napura extricated 22 persons to safety. Columns operating at Tankipura rescued 70 persons while those at Kellamgund saved 25 persons and those at
Banjatpura saved over 200 perrsons trapped in water logged areas with no way out. 19RR has columns operating at Vill Palpora that rescued 21 persons and provided 05 tented accommodation to them. There are two other columns with engineer persons equipped with ropes,empty jerrycans and water crossing expedients in adjoining areas.
44RR is concentrating on the danger areas around Hirpur, Balapur-Shopian bridge and nearby areas. Column of over 30 soldiers have been located near Balapur bridge as Quick Reaction Resque Team for early response against developing situation.
35RR Company located at Beerwah rushed a column to the point where 10m road got washed away. This column was kept as stand by to cater for any emergency. Similarly, two other columns are operating at Abura and Chhandil where water levels are very high.
53 RR troops are operating at Wathoora and Chadoora and assisting people get out of water logged areas to safety. While these are details of just few out of the overall effort by Army in South Kashmir, orders have been given by Chinar Corps Headquarters to the units in Kashmir to proactively reach out to flood affected people and help and rescue them to safety. Helpline numbers for Kupwara District 9596257153, Batamulla District 9419033235, other North Kashmir areas 94219012403, Srinagar 9419000245 and South Kashmir 9419032434 could be used to serk help in case of flood related emergency.
SDRF teams rescue and evacuate people to safety
SRINAGAR: In view of heavy rains / inclement weather / Flash floods across the Kashmir valley since last three days, the State Disaster Response Force, Kashmir undertook the following Rescue operations / measures in different parts of the valley.
At Kulgam SDRF Team Kulgam conducted Rescue operation in Nowpora (Kulgam) during intervening night of 3rd-4rth September and evacuated affected people to safer places. The team conducted rescue activities today at Asithal Kulgam and shifted the local population to safe zones. The operation is going on.
At Ananatnag SDRF Team Anantnag participated in Rescue operation at Nowpora Kulgam on 3rd September. The team today rescued one injured lady from Green Colony Eid Gah Anantnag and provided first aid to her. They also undertook rescue activities at F.M. Gali Anantnag and are on the job to evacuate people to safer places from the flood affected areas.
At Srinagar during intervening night of 3rd-4rth September, the bund adjacent to Govt. Bone and Joint Hospital breached resulting in flash-floods in the hospital premises and nearby residential colony. The SDRF team from BN Hqrs Baghat conducted rescue operation shifted the IPD patients from ground floor to upper floors of the hospital. They also evacuated the persons trapped in water to safe places.
Today the SDRF team comprising 100 personnel deputed to Pantha Chowk, rescued and evacuated more than sixty families to safer zones that were trapped under heavy floods. The Rescue team is stationed there to meet any exigency.
SDRF Team deputed to Hamdania Coloney Bemina conducted rescue measures and evacuated various families from the flooded areas to safer places. The team is stationed there to meet any exigencies.
At Ganderbal, SDRF team is stationed at Shadipora (Sumbal) for rescue measures as the bund of river in the area is about to be breached.
One Mountain Rescue Team of SDRF from SDRF Hqrs Srinagar along with MRT rescue equipment has been deputed to Sonamarg for undertaking rescue operations.
At Baramulla SDRF Team which was deputed to Tangmarg on 3rd September for Rescue measures evacuated seven Bakarwals putting up in tents in a Middle School at Tumberhama, after they came under heavy floods. They were shifted to safer zone.
Rs. 20 crore released for rescue, rehabilitation of flood affected people
Safety of human lives priority: Government
SRINAGAR AUGUST 4: Addressing a joint press conference here, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Tara Chand and Finance Minister, Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, said that Government has taken necessary steps for providing all possible assistance to the flood affected people besides putting in place the mechanism for monitoring the situation to ensure safety of human lives and property.
Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Mr Vinod Koul, Commissioner Secretary PHE, I&FC, Dr Pawan Kotwal were also present during the press conference.
Spelling out the measures taken by the Government, they said control rooms have been established in every district so that the situation can be monitored on regular basis and the necessary action initiated. They said the cabinet, which met here today, discussed in detail the situation which has arisen due to incessant rains leading to the floods and sanctioned Rs 20 crore (10 crore each for Kashmir and Jammu) and placed at the disposal of the Divisional Commissioners of both the divisions for meeting the expenditure on account of establishing of community kitchen, rescue operations, providing of shelter and restoring of road connectivity. “This would be followed by rehabilitation by providing relief against damaged property for which assessment will be carried by field agencies after the weather improves”, they maintained.
The Ministers said the priority of the Government is to ensure safety of the human lives besides providing them shelter and other necessary facilities. They said that the Government has already requested for SDRF battalions with the Centre and they have been dispatched and are expected to reach here soon, besides the army and other security agencies are actively helping the Government in rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures.
They further said that the coordination groups have been formed and the officers have been interconnected through different media so that the rescue and relief operations are carried out in planned manner.
It was given out that 20 persons have died due to floods in Kashmir and Jammu regions and 50 houses have been damaged across the State, while no casually has been reported from Leh and Kargil districts so far. The conference was told that 500 water supply schemes have been damaged due to floods. It was told that one bus carrying 50 passengers got washed away at Nowshera in Rajouri district where exact number of causalities is being ascertained.
People urged to contact Control Room in case of exigencies in Ganderbal
GANDERBAL, SEPTEMBER 04: In view of the apprehensions of landslides and flood due to heavy rain, Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Mr. Sarmad Hafeez has advised people of the district living in higher reaches and flood prone areas, on the embankments of the rivers and streams to shift from their houses to safer places so as to avoid any causality or any untoward incident.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal urged the people not to venture into slopes of the forest areas and near streams.
In case of emergency,people have been informed to contact Control Room on Following phone nos.
District Adm is ready to face any eventuality: DC Budgam
BUDGAM: In order to have an on spot assessment of the situation that has arisen due to incessant rains causing flood threat in many parts of the district Budgam, the Deputy Commissioner Budgam accompanied by a team of officers visited various flood prone areas particularly vulnerable areas of Beerwah, Magam, Bemina, Peer Bagh and Humhama.
Giving details of the inputs received from various areas through Control Room constituted in this regard, Deputy Commissioner said that the overall situation in whole district is by and large under control. However, there are reports that flood waters have entered in various areas particularly the areas adjacent to nallahs of Doodh Ganga, Beerwah, and Budgam canal causing some damages to bunds and paddy fields.
Today a strong flow in Beerwah nallah washed away KM No. 10 of Beerwah/Magam road causing disruption in the traffic movement barring this there is no loss of life or serious damage to the property or crops.
The Deputy Commissioner has ordered to set up joint Flood Zonal Control Committee headed by Deputy Commissioner and assisted by SSP Budgam, Superintendent Engineer Hydraulic, concerned Executive Engineers, Chief Medical Officer, Assistant Commissioner Development, Assistant Director CA&PD and SDO Phones who will keep round the clock vigil on the flood situation.
For any help public can contact on the Telephone Nos. 9906960666 and 9419034370.
The Deputy Commissioner assured that the District Administration has fully geared up men and machinery to face any eventuality.
DDC Rajouri puts administration on high alert to tackle flood threat
RAJOURI, SEPTEMBER 04:-Following heavy rains in the District, Rajouri, District administration has issued flood warning asking people not to venture near the river.
Deputy Commissioner, Jitendra Kumar Singh said that the district administration has geared up its machinery to meet any eventuality and pointed out that civil defence, police, red cross and disaster management teams have been told to be well prepared to meet any emergency situation.
Mr. Jitendra said an emergency relief cell has been created in the DC office. He appealed to the people to call at telephone 01962262244 in view of flood threat or other emergency so that quick preventive action could be taken. A rescue team headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Salim Malik has also been constituted to ensure the safety of local people.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner has ordered that all the educational institutions, government and private would remain closed on Sept 4 and 5.
No traffic movement on Sgr-Jmu highway
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 4:- In view of continued rainfall and triggering of landslides/ shooting stones at various places on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway especially between Ramsoo-Ramban and Ramban-Batote road stretches and the fact that the retention wall at Chanderkote has given in, no movement of vehicles whatsoever, either from Jammu or Kashmir valley shall be allowed on on September 05, 2014 keeping in view the safety/security of the drivers/passengers.
Accordingly general public and transporters in particular are advised to contact Traffic Control Rooms at TCU Ramban (9419993745), TCU Jammu (0191-2459048, 9419147732) and TCU Srinagar (0194-2450022, 2485396) to get the status of the road to avoid any inconvenience.
Joint Control Rooms set up in Kupwara district
KUPWARA, SEPTEMBER 04: According to the Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, in view of continuous heavy rains, there is apprehension of floods which can cause loss to human life and property, Joint Control Rooms have been set up at Kupwara, Handwara and Karnah where officers and officials are monitoring the situation to take appropriate precautionary measures.
The Control Rooms so constituted will work round the clock and take immediate action in case of flood situation and will keep informed about the situation arising due to continue rains.
Div Com issues weather advisory, instructions to DCs
SRINAGAR: As per the Met department, Srinagar communication, moderate to heavy rain/ thundershowers and snowfall will occur over higher reaches till Saturday which may trigger landslides and flash floods in vulnerable areas of the State.
Therefore, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Rohit Kansal has enjoined upon all Deputy Commissioners, all concerned Heads of Departments and District Superintendents of Police to further reinforce their manpower and machinery and to be in a State of full preparedness so as to minimize disruption of essential services, road Connectivity, electric supply, water supply, Healthcare services etc and take immediate measures to evacuate people trapped in flood areas.
Further, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Shopian, Budgam, Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Leh and Kargil have been asked to advise the people living in flood prone areas and on the embankments of the rivers/streams to shift from their houses to safer places, so as to avert any untoward incident.
He has further asked the Deputy Commissioners to oversee the functioning of Joint control rooms in their respective districts.
School closed due to incessant rains at Bandipora
BANDIPORA, SEPTEMBER 04: According to the Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora that in view of alarming situation arisen due to the continuous rains from the many days, all the Government and Private Institutions upto 12th Class will remain closed on September 04 & 05, 2014 to avoid any sort of eventuality due to the floods. Also the Higher Education Institutes may also be used as shelter for the affected families, if required.
Poonch Educational institutions to remain closed on Sept 4, 5
POONCH SEPTEMBER 04:-In view of the flash floods in the district, Deputy Commissioner Poonch M.H Malik has ordered that all the educational institutions (government as well as private) shall remain closed on 4.9.2014 and 5.9.2014.
Incessant rains: Control room established at Ramban
RAMBAN:In view of the incessant rains district administration Ramban has established a control room at district headquarters with telephone nos;
Toll free No. 18001807069.
All the Sub Divisional Magistrates, Tehsildars have been ordered not to leave their headquarters.
Lates Flood Statistics:
Srinagar: As communicated by PHE & IRRIGATION & FLOOD the situation in respect to flood situation in the State at 6pm on 04-09-2014
>JHELUM CROSSED 30.7 FEET AT SANGAM WHICH IS 7 FT ABOVE DANGER MARK OF 23 FEET.
>LOW LYING AREAS IN DISTRICTS OF ANANTNAG, PULWAMA, BUDGAM SRINAGAR INUNDATED.
>JHELUM TOUCHED 21.8 FEET LEVEL AGAINST DANGER LEVEL OF 18 FT AT RAM MUNSHI BAGH.
>TOTAL DISCHARGE IN JHELUM AT 70,000 CUSECS AGAINST NORMAL OF 25000 CUSECS.
>A BREACH ON JHELUM OCCURRED AT KANDIZAL IN BUDGAM AREA AFFECTING 70000 POPULATION BUT WHICH HAS >STABILIZED FLOOD LEVEL AT 21.8 FEET AT RAM MUNSHI BAGH IN SRINAGAR FOR THE LAST 4-5 HOURS
>60 PERCENT WATER SUPPLY SCHEMES, i.e. ABOUT 533 WATER SUPPLY SCHEMES DISRUPTED IN THE VALLEY. WORST >AFFECTED DISRICTS ARE KULGAM, BARAMULLA, SHOPIAN AND ANANTNAG.
>ALL NALLAHS, NAMELY, LIDDER, VESHAV, RAMBIARA, FEROZ FLOWING ABOVE DANGER MARK AND HAVE INUNDATED AND >DAMAGED AREAS ALONG THEIR BANKS AFFETING ABOUT 70 VILLAGES IN THESE AREAS.
FLOOD CONTROL ROOMS ACTIVATED.
IN KASHMIR DIVISION, 7.68 LAKH SAND BAGS PROVIDED AND STAND UTILIZED FOR FLOOD CONTROL IN THE VALLEY. A READY STOCK OF 4.12 LAKH SABD BAGS AVAILABLE.
IN JAMMU DIVISION, FLASH FLOODS HAVE AFFECTED THE ALMOST THE WHOLE DIVISION.WORST AFFECTED DISTRICT IS POONCH WHERE ALL FLOOD PROTECTION (FP) WORKS ON NALLAH SURAN DAMAGED, APROACHES OF MAIN POONCH BRIDGE DAMAGED.
IN JAMMU EXISTING FP WORKS ON RIGHT AND LEFT BANK OF RIVER CHENAB & RIVER TAWI DAMAGED. IN DISTRICT KATHUA FP WORKS ON NALLAH BHINI DAMAGED.
CHENAB FLOWING AT 38 FT WHICH IS 4 FT ABOVE DANGER MARK OF 34 FEET. DISCHARGE 2.75 LAKH CUSECS.
TAWI FLOWING AT 13.5 FT AGAINST DANGER MARK OF 17 FT WITH DISCHARGE OF 92000 CUSECS.
UJH OVERFLOWING WITH 45000 CUSECS
DAMAGES BEING ASSESSED. CONTROL ROOMS ACTIVATED.
RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED.
RAINING INCESSANTLY IN THE WHOLE VALLEY & JAMMU DIVISION
WEATHER FORECAST – IT WOULD RAIN IN BOTH THE DIVISIONS FOR ANOTHER COUPLE OF DAYS