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Ministers pay visits to assess the flood situation and condolences to victims

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06-September-2014

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Sham visits flood-hit areas in Jammu

Directs administration to be vigilant
JAMMU :Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma today under took an extensive tour of the Jammu city to assess the situation arisen due to incessant rains and flash floods as well as consequent water logging in different low laying areas of the river Tawi.
Sham directed flood control and other concerned departments to start the restoration work of the damaged protection bunds alongwith 4th bridge at Tawi River.
He said that the government has given first priority to restoration of services and repair of public assets besides rehabilitation of the flood affected people. He also said that government would take all necessary measures for providing relief to the flood hit families.
He directed the local administration to shift the affected people to safer shelters. The authorities were directed to concentrate their effects on the immediate rescue of the assessment of damages after the rescue operations are completed. He also inquired about the water level of flood water on the river Chenab, Basanter, Ujh, Kathua and Tawi and directed the officers to be in the state of preparedness and be vigilant in view of any eventuality so that the necessary steps can be taken at the earliest.
Sham expressed grief over the loss of lives and property due to heavy rain/floods in Jammu and Kashmir. He extended his sympathy to the bereaved families who lost nears and dears due to floods and mud slides caused by the heavy rainfall.

District Disaster Management Authority Doda takes stock of rain damages
DODA: To assess the damages caused by the incessant rains and subsequent floods and to take review stock and supply position of essential commodities, a meeting of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Doda was held under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner Doda Mr. Shyam Vinod Meena.
In the meeting it was revealed by Tehsil Supply Officer Doda, that sufficient stock of Rice, Flour, Sugar, K-Oil and LPG is available in the District except in some areas of Thathri, Bhaderwah, Bhatyas/ Chilli where there is shortage of Flour, Rice and Sugar. It was also informed that a Truck carrying LPG cylinders for supply to the District Doda is struck at Sidhra Jammu due to road blockade at various places.
Regarding supply of drinking water in the District, the house was informed by PHE Department Doda that the drinking water supply to the Doda town and adjoining areas will be restored within one day, whereas the supply of water in rural areas will also be ensured in shortest possible time.
The DDC directed XEN R&B Doda to restore all the roads within the district so that supply of essential commodities and movement of people who are stranded at different places due to rains, could be ensured.
The stock of the Life saving drugs and other health care subsidiaries are sufficient in the District as informed by CMO Doda. DDC instructed CMO Doda to utilise the accommodation facility of nearby Government Schools, in case the patients admitted to the hospital increases more than its carrying capacity.
All the departments were directed to conduct a survey of damages of public and private property under their respective jurisdictions and submit a report by tomorrowfor submission to the higher authorities for assessing the damages could be ensured. It was also informed to the house that 540 tents including Small, Medium and Large Tents are available at the District Headquarter. The DDC directed ADC Doda to ensure the rational distribution of tents among different areas of the District as per requirement for further distribution among the affected families.
The DDC also directed Power Development Department Doda to restore the Electricity supply to the affected areas where damages have occurred due to incessant rains.
The DDC appreciated the efforts of District Police with regard to keep people updated about weather forecast and road conditions. He also appreciated police for timely rescue, relief and evacuation of affected people.
SSP Doda Mr. M.S Chouhan, ADC Doda Mr. Imam Din, ACR Doda Mr. S.C Dogra, CPO Doda Mr. Y.S Katoch, DSEO Doda Dr. Yassir Balwan, XENs PHE, PDD, PWD and Irrigation & Flood Control Doda besides other District and Sector Officers attended the meeting.

Speaker takes stock of flood situation in Eidgah constituency

          SRINAGAR: Speaker, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul today visited flood affected areas of Eidgah Constituency and took stock of the situation arisen due to incessant rains and flash flood.

          The areas which were visited by the Speaker included Gujarbal, Chountfaqir, Pamposh Colony, Palpora, Krishbal, Badiadder, Noorbagh and Sangam which have been submerged into water and suffered heavy loss of assets, standing crops of vegetable, fruit and paddy.

The Speaker directed the authorities for making alternate arrangements for the affected people at safer places and provision of free ration, LPG Gas, K.oil and other essentials. He also asked the authorities for pressing more boats into service for shifting the people from affected places to safer areas, besides arranging adequate sand bags at vulnerable places.

Mr. Gul also thanked the voluntary agencies for assisting the administration and rendering necessary help to the affected people in the area.

Governor reviews flood situation
SRINAGAR: The Governor, Mr. N.N. Vohra, who has been receiving reports about the human and economic loss caused by the ravaging floods in the State, reviewed the relief and rescue operations underway in the Jammu and Kashmir regions. As disclosed by a Raj Bhavan spokesman, the Governor discussed the flood damage situation with the Chief Minister and also visited some of the areas which have been submerged by the overflowing Jhelum river.
The Governor appealed to all the volunteers trained by the J&K Red Cross Society, and all able bodied youngmen, to join hands and support the relief measures being carried out by the civil administration.
The Governor also received a detailed report from Lt. Gen K.H. Singh, GOC XVI Corps, about the enormous loss in the Rajouri and Poonch districts but was re-assured to learn that nearly 1000 marooned people had been rescued and taken to relief camps being run by the Army.

Rajnath assures all help from Centre

JAMMU: Union Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh today said that 8 NDRF teams are operating in flood affected Jammu and Kashmir for carrying out rescue and relief operations. He said over 2500 villages have been affected and over 450 villages have been submerged besides 107 people have lost their lives in flash flood so far.

Addressing a press conference here at Jammu, the Union Home Minister described the situation in many sectors as critical and assured the State Government of all help from the Centre. He said the Prime Minister while expressing sympathies with affected people has assured all help from the Union Government to the State of Jammu and Kashmir in this hour of crisis, adding that the Prime Minister has announced Rs. 2 lakh as ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of those who died and Rs. 50,000 to those who have received injuries in the flash floods.

The Union Home Minister said that due to bad weather he could not conduct the aerial survey in Srinagar, however, along with the Chief Minister he visited many inundated areas in Srinagar to get appraisal of the devastation caused by flood water and to assess the difficulties faced by people. He said that he conducted aerial survey of the Jammu region and described the situation in many areas including Akhnoor sector as critical.

The Union Home Minister informed that 6 helicopters have been sent to the State for assisting the State administration in its efforts to rescue and evacuate people stranded in various submerged areas of the State.

While asking various organizations to extend their help to the State in this hour of crisis, the Home Minister added that the State Government should also gear up to face the scenario after the flood water recedes. He said precautionary measures should be taken to prevent spread of water borne disease and Health Advisories should be issued to inform the people.

Union Minister of State in PMOs Office, Mr. Jatinder Singh, Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Union Secretary for Boarder Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, IG Jammu, Div Com, Jammu and Air Commodore were present on the occasion.

Omar reviews flood situation in Jammu

Visits Jhorian, interacts with flood affected families

Receives brief on rescue, relief operation

JAMMU:Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who arrived here this afternoon visited various flood affected areas in Jammu and received first hand appraisal of the rescue and relief operations from the Divisional Administration.

The Chief Minister visited Jhorian in Akhnoor Sector and took stock of the arrangements made for the evacuated population of Phargawal Island. He interacted with the evacuated families and ascertained the status of their welfare. He directed the concerned agencies for providing food, blankets and other items of requirement to the flood-hit families.

The Chief Minister was told that as many as 76 human lives have been lost in the flood affected areas in Jammu Division. He was informed that 25 dead bodies have been recovered from the bus which was washed away in Nowshera area due to flash floods.

Omar Abdullah was told that 1010 villages have been affected by the floods and huge damage has been caused to private property, houses, crops, cattle and public infrastructure including roads, bridges, water supply schemes and power installation.

The Chief Minister received brief on the rescue and relief operation being carried over in the Division. He directed for giving top priority to safeguarding human lives and evacuating people from submerged areas.

The Chief Minister visited 4th Bridge on River Tawi which has been damaged due to flood. He also visited Gujjar Nagar and other areas and interacted with people. He expressed solidarity with them and said that government would take all measures to provide necessary help to the affected people in the present hour of crisis. He said Army; State Police, Civil Administration and NDRF teams are working in coordination to carry on rescue and relief operations.

Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma and Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi also accompanied the Chief Minister during his visit.

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05-September-2014

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BJP district Akhnoor Unit tours flash flood affected areas extensively

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The BJP district Akhnoor Unit has made extensive tour of flash flood affected areas of the Akhnoor Gharkal, Devpur, chanjuwan, Kor Garhi, MuthiChack Morh, Chack Karpal, Jourian etc here today.
BJP district president Akhnoor Daljeet Singh and vice president Akhnoor Puram Sharma along with others listened to the problems being by the people of floods affected areas and asked the concerned department and Govt to assess the loss of life, property and crops and provide immediate relief to the affected people. They also cautioned the people to be aware of flash floods and advised them not to go river side.
Puran Sharma said that the government should press into service all the resources for lesson the loss due to this rain fury. He appealed the administration to call on army to rescue the victims from affected areas.
He also assured the people of all possible help and said that their doors will always open to them out.

Sham visits flood hit areas along Chenab
Directs for all measures to safeguard the people

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JAMMU:Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma on Friday conducted an extensive tour of flood hit areas of Akhnoor including Garkhal, camp Garkhal, Mehra, Sangrampur, Shitrawalla, Chak-Skinder etc along the right and left bank of the river Chenab and monitored the situation that has arisen after incessant rainfall in the state.
The Minister directed the local administration as well as Army and policy personnel to remain vigilant and stressed them to be at the back and call of the people whenever required so that they donot face any kind of inconvenience at this moment of trouble. He also asked for energetic extension and most effective rescue plan for saving the human lives and their property.
At Garkhal the Minister met the staying family at Government High School and panchayat ghar, Garkhal. He directed the concerned to take all necessary steps for their safety and provide sufficient foodgrains to affected families. He also inquired the latest position from army as well as NDRF teams which reached here today from Punjab. He further stressed to place more men and machinery into service to meet the challenge.
Sham asked the people of the area and those living along the both side of the banks of river Chenab and Tawi and its tributaries to move to safer areas immediately in view of the flood situation.
At Shitrawalla more than 60 families affected due to flood have been shifted to Government High School Jourian. The Minister after meeting the affected family enquired about the facilities being provided to them.
Earlier, the Minister also received latest brief from the Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu about the flood situation in the Jammu district and directed him to be at the back and call of affected people providing all possible help. He also received brief about the discharge of water in river Tawi and Chenab and asked the administration to evacuate the people from the banks of rivers to the safer places.
Sham also visited the site of Tawi Barrage projects, which is popularly known as artificial lake.
Among others Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, SSP Jammu, Chief Engineer, PHE, Sushil Aima, Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, H C Jerath, Chief Engineer I&FC, SE Hydraulic, Rajeev Malhotra, senior engineers of I&FC, tehsildar and other officers also accompanied the Minister.

Rather inspects flood affected areas of Tehsil Chadoora
Assures full help to flood victims

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BUDGAM: The Minister for Finance, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather today conducted a day long visit to various flood affected areas of Chadoora and took stock of damage caused to public and private property due to incessant rains.
He also reviewed rescue and relief measures taken by the administration for flood affected people. Like some other parts of the State, the flood has damaged some vital bridges in tehsil disrupting total road communication network in the area. One bridge in Chadoora has been totally washed away whereas the main Chadoora bridge, Sogam- Badipora bridge and Panzan bridge, Hafroo bridge have developed cracks rendering these unsafe for vehicular movement. The flash floods have also washed away some residential cum shopping complexes in Chadoora.
The Minister assured the affected people that the Govt. will take steps on war-footing for rehabilitation of the affected people besides re- building the damaged infrastructure. He said the state cabinet has already released Rs 20 Cr for conducting rescue and relief operations. He said Govt. is at the beck and call of people of the state in this hour of need hoping that people will face the natural calamity with fortitude and patience. He has directed the district administration to provide instant relief and rescue to the flood affected people.

Tara Chand, Bhalla, Sadhotra assess losses of public infrastructure

Ask for round the clock monitoring of basic facilities to flood hit families
Conduct aerial survey to review situation

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JAMMU: To review the damage done and measures undertaken by the administration in wake of worsening flood situation due to incessant rains, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today chaired high level Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting along with Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture, Youth Services and Sports Raman Bhalla and Minister for Planning and Development Ajay Sadhotra at PWD Guest House and assessed loss of life, damage caused to property and public infrastructure across the Jammu region in the last 3-days continuous heavy rainfall.
Divisional Commissioner, Mr. Shantmanu, Inspector General of Police Mr. Rajesh Kumar, District Development Commissioner Mr. Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Chief Engineer PHE Mr. Sushil Aima, Director Rural Development Department Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Director CAPD, Chief Engineer R&B besides other senior officers of PHE, PDD, R&B, Revenue, CAPD, Air Force, Revenue, Flood Control, PDD and UEED were also present in the meeting.
The GOM directed the revenue department to assess the losses on this account and submit report to the Government immediately for providing relief to the flood hit families and temporary restoration of public infrastructure.
Deputy Chief Minister and Ministers inquired about the prevailing situation at different locations and assured all required help by the administration. They asked the Divisional Commissioner to depute revenue officials to assess the loss and prepare cases for compensation.
They asked for immediate restoration of breach of bund of river Chenab, Barsati nallahs and other damage infrastructure. On-the-spot directions were issued to the concerned departments to do the needful at the earliest for the convenience of the flood and heavy rain affected families.
They issued instructions to the flood control department to remain vigilant about the situation and be present at the site round the clock. They said authorities should ensure that all works are done on high priority so that damages are restricted to the minimum and people do not suffer due to non availability of required men and machinery.
The Deputy Chief Minister and Ministers directed the officers to ensure proper arrangements for regular power supply, drinking water, shelter, ration meal, bedding, clothes at the place where flood hit families accommodated like at schools and other Government buildings.
They also asked for immediately rescue of flood hit people by Indian Air Force from Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur, Doda, Kathua, Samba besides from Gurha Manashan, Chibbay di Kothey, Hamirpur Kona and Pargwal.
The Police and Army administration were instructed to be fully prepared for emergency and be ready with all the necessary supplies and equipment like tents, medicines etc so as to shift people from low lying areas to safer places within a short notice, adding that temporary rehabilitation facilities should also be made ready.
Later, the Group of Ministers also conducted aerial survey of Gurha Manashan, Chibbay di Kothey, Hamirpur Kona and Pargwal and assessed the facilities being provided by the administration to the flood and heavy rains affected families.

Governor for immediate steps to mitigate sufferings of people
SRINAGAR: Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor has expressed concern and sympathy over the loss of precious human lives and the economic losses caused by the incessant rains and consequential floods in the State. The Governor has also conveyed his condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the next of kin of the innocent persons who were killed in the Nowshera road mishap, where a bus carrying a marriage party was washed away in a flash flood.
The Governor appreciated the relief work being carried out by the State Administration and urged all possible steps being taken to mitigate the sufferings of people caused by the continuing rains and floods. The Governor appreciated the promptitude with which the Security Forces, particularly the Army, had come to the rescue of the affected people at different places in the State.

DC Kupwara visits flood affected areas

SRINAGAR: Deputy Commissioner Kupwara along with civil and police officials today visited various flood affected areas of the District including Bhipora, Aloosa, Sholora etc to take stock and supervise the rescue and relief operations.
Around 20 villages in Kupwara have been affected by flood and people in many villages have been taken to safer places. Boats have been utilized and kept ready to evacuate marooned populations besides thousands of sand bags have also been utilized for embankment of flood water.
Top priority is being given to rescue the people trapped in flood areas and Deputy Commissioner has directed the officials to ensure that people are safe.
Meanwhile, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara took stock of the rescue and relief operations in Handwara Tehsil.

Mehbooba expresses grief over landslide incident, house collapse
Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed shock and grief over the landslide incident triggered off by heavy rains in which many people are feared dead in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district. She also expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives in a house collapse in the same area.
Terming the incidents unfortunate, she hoped that the rescue efforts will rapidly reach out to those who are still trapped in the debris. Mehbooba expressed condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for the everlasting peace of the deceased souls.

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Omar takes first hand appraisal of flood situation

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Receives brief from DDCs, Div Coms Ensure safety of human lives, make rescue priority concern: CM

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tonight reviewed the flood situation in the State and received first hand appraisal on the subject in a video conferencing with District Development Commissioners and Div Coms of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Minister received situation report from the DCs of Reasi, Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri, Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama, Ganderbal and Shopian as also from the Div Coms of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister directed the DCs and Div Coms to give top most priority to safeguarding human lives in the current situation of flood crisis. “Rescue and immediate relief should be the most important objective to accomplish with missionary zeal and highest degree of dedication”, he told the officers asking them to be at the beck and call of people wherever required. He told them to keep control rooms open round the clock to keep constant contact with the general people in affected areas.

The Chief Minister directed for procurement of more boats to be kept available in the submerged areas so that evacuation of marooned population is ensured. He also directed for identifying Government buildings, schools and other installations for creating immediate shelter camps for the affected population. The Chief Minister also received report of the accident that has taken place in Rajpor Kamila village of Nowshera Tehsil in district Rajouri where a bus carrying a marriage party has been washed away by the flood water.

He directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to take all measures including Army help in the rescue operation on the spot where the tragic accident has taken place. The Chief Minister was informed that over two hundred villages have been submerged in flood waters in Kashmir Valley and the most affected area is South Kashmir. Anantnag town is also inundated. It was informed that hundreds of families from submerged areas have been evacuated to the safer places.

The Chief Minister directed for providing adequate shelter and food to the evacuated people who have been placed in camps. “Provide them all kind of facilities including food and blankets”, he told the District Development Commissioner and Div Coms. He also directed for keeping rescue teams on high alert especially during the night hours. He told the officers to be available to the people round the clock and monitor the situation minute by minute. It was told that huge damaged has been caused to the public infrastructure, including PHE schemes, road network, bridges etc besides private property.

The Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma, Minister of State for Irrigation and Flood Control, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary PHE, and Flood Control, Pawan Kotwal and Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Tanvir Sadiq.

 

DDC Baramulla reviews flood situation.

BARAMULLA: In order to assess the flood situation, the District Development Commissioner Baramulla Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, today visited several areas of Tangmarg, Kunzer, Wagoora, Pattan and Sopore tehsils. These areas include Kongamdara, Ahamadpora, Tantrypora, Malla Buzan, Agriklaan, Trikolbal, Hygam, Panzipora, Vizer and others. The District Development Commissioner inspected the areas where the situation was alarming due to the rising water levels. SSP Baramulla, Mir Suhail besides other officers and Engineers accompanied . During the visit, the affected families from various areas were shifted to the safer places through tractotrs and boats. The DDC also directed the concerned officers to provide required blankets and essential commodities to the affected families.

Keeping in view the flood situation, immediate directions were given to the concerned for closure of traffic on various bridges and routes. Tehsil Level Committees have been constituted to combat the alarming situation in the District. Moreover, the District Development Commissioner has directed Administration and all concerned officers to be present at their headquarters and be alert and prepared in view of any emerging situation because of the constant rain over 50 hours.

Meanwhile the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, has informed that all the Educational Institutions of Baramulla District shall reamian closed tomorrow onSeptember,05 2014 In view of the prevailing flood sititution. those people living in hilly areas and near rivers and nallahs have been asked to be cautions and not to move venture near these areas .

DC Shopian visits flood areas

SHOPIAN :Consequent to the incessant rains the water level in the nallahs and rivers especially in Veshu and Rambi Ara has increased to the level causing threat of flood in some areas, the District Administration has made all the efforts to save the people in such areas for which the Civil and Police Administration has been working round the clock. In some low lying areas, people have been advised to move to safer places and not to venture near rivers and nallahs for collecting of timber or firewood.

The Deputy Commissioner Shopian visited some areas to take stock of situation. Subsequently a meeting of officers of the concerned departments was convened and the instructions were given to all the concerned to take immediate action wherever required so that the people do not suffer. For any help public can contact on the Telephone Nos. 01933-261312, 9596028060and 9419031117. The migratory families comprising of 54 families residing near Rambi Ara nallah at Shopian temporarily have been shifted in a local school buildings and all the requisite facilities are being provided to them, Deputy Commissioner informed.

Bhalla grieved over the deaths caused by flash floods

Expresses solidarity with the bereaved families

SRINAGAR: The Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture and Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Raman Bhalla has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to heavy rain/floods across the Jammu and Kashmir and in a tragic death incident in Rajouri district of Jammu where a bus carrying baaratis got washed away by flashfloods resulting several deaths of precious lives. Mr. Bhalla deeply mourned the deaths caused due to natural calamity and extended his condolences to the families of those who died. He said, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the heavy rains leading to destruction across the state and loss of lives and damage to property and government isare making all efforts to bring relief to those affected and also provide assistance to the people who have incurred losses”.

Cabinet condoles the deaths caused by floods, releases Rs. 10 cr each to Div Coms for immediate relief

SRINAGAR: The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah condoled with the families of those who lost their precious lives due to floods and mud slides caused by the heavy rainfall. The Cabinet also ordered Rs. 10 crore each to be placed immediately with the Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu for providing immediate succour to the people affected by the rainfall and floods.

The Cabinet directed the concerned authorities to shift the affected people to safer shelters on higher ground and open community kitchens for them in such shelters. The authorities were directed to concentrate their efforts on the immediate rescue of the affected people and get down to the assessment of damages after the rescue operations are completed. Earlier, the Cabinet was briefed by Commissioner Secretary PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control and Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, about the latest situation.

It ordered immediate restoration of all the roads and other systems of communication besides, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation was asked to requisition contingents of the NDRF for being deployed in the affected areas of the State.

 

PDP expresses solidarity with flood sufferers Urges priority to rescue operations

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Mehbooba, Baig, Karra, MLAs, others visit affected areas, took stock of situation    

Srinagar: Urging priority to rescue operations Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed serious concern over the loss of life and property due to incessant rains and flash floods across Jammu and Kashmir.   In a statement, the party expressed solidarity with the flood sufferers and urged the administration and police to work in close coordination with the people in these testing times.

According to a party Spokesman, the party president, Mehbooba Mufti visited some areas of Srinagar and Pulwama districts in the afternoon and took stock of the grave situation. She advised the party cadres to render all assistance to the administration and flood victims so as to minimize the loss by organising timely rescue efforts. Muzzafar Hussain Baig, senior party leader and MP visited some areas of North Kashmir and took stock of the situation there.

The Spokesman said the senior party leader and MP, Tariq Hameed Karra, who also visited many affected areas of the capital city, Srinagar, said the administration should start evacuation of the population from inundated areas on war footing. He suggested that shelters be identified and people in vulnerable areas advised and assisted to shift before the floods could threaten lives. “Special rescue teams should be provided for the purpose and sufficient boats be made available,” Karra said.

On the directions of the party president all MLAs, senior party leaders and cadres have already reached out to the people in their respective areas. The party leaders all across the state are working on the ground round the clock for last few days and are continuously monitoring the situation caused by incessant rains and devastating floods. PDP activists have been asked to arrange relief and provide immediate help to the flood victims.

Party legislators, Mohammad Sartaj Madni, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Nizamudin Bhat, Mohammad Khalil Bhand, Javid Mustafa Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Abdul Haq Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Abdul Razaq Zawoora, Dr Shafi Ahmad Wani, have been visiting the affected areas in their respective constituencies and trying to help the administration in rescue and relief operations.   Contesting candidates, Mohammad Dilwar Mir, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Dr Haseeb Drabu, Sofi Gh Mohuidin, Bashir Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Yasir Reshi, Saifudin Bhat, Mohammad Abbas Wani, Gh Nabi Pandithpori, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Syed Farooq Andrabi, Abdul Majid Padder, Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Muntazir Mohuidin, are also active on the ground and helping the people. In the Pirpanchal region, Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan, Yashpal Sharma, Ch. Zulfikar Ali, Ch Qamar, Shah Mohammad Tantray, Iqbal Kazmi and others are also present on the ground to provide the people help and relief.

The party’s youth president Waheed-ur- Rehman Parra and Bari Andrabi, district president Pulwama has also visited a number of flood affected areas in Pulwama district.   Similarly, in Chinab Valley, Arshad MalikMehbooba Iqbal, Bashir Ahmad Runiyal Firdous Tak, SR Bhagat and Shahabul Haq, too have maintained a close coordination with the victims of the nature’s fury and are helping the civil and police administration in rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, on the advice of the PDP president, the party General Secretary, Mohammad Dilawar Mir will be available at his Baramula residence to organise assistance in the North Kashmir.

His telephone is: 9419000873  

The leaders said there is a pressing demand for more boats to help the people to move to safer destinations. They said besides the Srinagar city, all the major towns in Kashmir, Anantanag, Baramulla, Pulwama, Shopian, Bijbehra, Bandipur, Kupwara Beerwa, Budgam and Chadoora have got submerged in the rain waters resulting into huge problems to the people.   Meanwhile, the party Chief Spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar has condoled the loss of life in the floods which have claimed many lives in Jammu region, Kokernag area of Anantanag district and villages in Tangmarg area.

He said the administration needs to deploy rapid action rescue teams in all vulnerable areas especially those threatened by rising nallahs.   The party has expressed deep concern at the plight of nomadic population that is still in high pastures along with their live stock. “There has to be a greater sensitivity to the condition of the people spread all over the mountain regions so as to eliminate at least the threat to life and live stock,” the party spokesman said.

According to reports the worst affected areas are: Homshalibugh constituency: Koimoh, Wanigund, Redwani, Payeen, Redwani Bala, Naabal, Butepora, Hassanpora, Shamsipora, Laktipora, Kujar, Chnpora, Wedow, Batkoo and Kadipora. Devsar constituency: Zongalpora Kelam, Gund, Tankipora, Nowpora, Mah, Khrewan, Palpora, Kund, Nigeenpora, Wazoo, Batpora, Nooboogh, Kralo, Baytangu, Mandhool, Dregam, Babapora, Nawa, Chawgam, Khasipora, Akhran, Ganiepora, Hanjipora, Panzath, Noosu, Sangam, Dreishpora, Nepora, Vessu, Zadoora, Bumtahn, Frah, Velipora, Seklo, Lassipora, Khudwani,Rahpora etc. Beerwa constituency: Beerwa town, Makhama, Soonarkolipora, Kanthbagh, Rossa, Yarigund, Narbal, Kawoosa, Chak-e-Kawoosa, Kanihama, Mazhama, Batapora, Bdran, Hanjibagh, Awrah, Aripantahn, Rathusana etc. Kulgam constituency: Asthal, Chehlan, Arigatnoo, Ladgoo, Adijan, Adapora, Meerhama etc. Pulwama constituency: Reshipora, Dogripora, Panzgam, Gulzarpora, Baigpora, Padampora, Malanpora, Pucchal, Kherbatahpora, Ratnipora, Mohansvij, Dulbugh, Meerbagh, Doogam, Pohu, Gandipora, Kakapora etc. Gulmarg constituency: Chak-e-Ferozpora, Chak-e-Treran,, Ratnipora, Agumna, Hardabura, Heing and Tarhama Piunjoora, Goigan, Agrikalan, Norripora, Kuthipora, Dangeepora, Malmoo, Mahrajpora, Hangerpora, Tantraypora, Toongihiran Malbutchan,etc.

Sagar assess situation in city, directs admin to be vigilant

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SRINAGAR: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today undertook an extensive tour of the Srinagar city to assess the situation arisen due to incessant rains and consequent water logging in different areas of the city. He was accompanied by senior officers of different departments, Irrigation and Flood Control, PHE, PDD, SMC and district administration.

The Minister directed the officers to monitor the situation on constant basis, so that the people do not face any inconvenience in view of any eventuality. He also asked the administration to ensure that the people get all the necessary essentials. The Minister also inspected the level of flood water on the Jhelum banks in the old city and directed the officers to be in the state preparedness and be vigilant in view of any eventuality so that the necessary steps can be taken at the earliest.

He also directed the officers to take the necessary measures so that the water logging can be stopped and asked them to put men and machinery into service so that the people living in various low lying areas of the city do not face any inconvenience.

DC discusses rescue measures with prominent citizens

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POONCH: Deputy Commissioner, Poonch Mr. M H Malik today convened a meeting with prominent citizens to discuss the emergent situation that has arisen due to the flash flood in the district. DC informed that three Tehsils of district Poonch have been put on high alert after a flash flood, biggest since 1959, declines to relent. Movement of vehicles has been stopped while people in the flood prone areas have been moved to safer places.

Approach road to the Sher-e-Kashmir Bridge has been damaged and several adjoining buildings have been washed away and electricity snapped. Several other bridges in the district have also been washed away which has led to many areas being cut off. There has been a massive loss to property while five lives have been lost. Many people are still trapped at Potha, Sanai and Khanetar where efforts are being made to rescue these people but due to bad weather conditions authorities are not being able to use helicopters.

Deputy Commissioner informed all the people present about the instant measures that administration took to avert the loss of lives. He assured them that the road connectivity and electricity supply will be restored at the earliest. Special Gen Sets have been arranged to ensure supply of drinking water by today evening. ”Army and the civil administration are working in close coordination since yesterday morning and we have also requested for Helicopters but due to bad weather they couldn’t take off ’’, informed Mr. Malik.

He also informed that a rescue team from Rajouri will soon reach Surankote where some people have been trapped in the flood water. He also assured them that the administration is ready to meet the demand of civil supplies and this morning 10kg and 15kg bags of atta and rice have been packed by the CAPD department which will be distributed amongst the affected families depending upon the number of family members.

Those people who have lost their homes are being relocated to safer places and if needed tents will also be provided to them. Malik appreciated the role of religious institutions especially Zia-Ul-Uloom and Sanatan Dharam Sabha for their cooperation in providing food and comfortable night stay to number of affected families. He asked everyone to cooperate with the administration and work together to restore the life of the affected people to normalcy.

Several prominent citizens of Poonch who spoke in the meeting appreciated the proactive role of the district administration in taking prompt measures by timely vacating the people from flood prone areas. They also lauded the personal visits of the deputy commissioner to several flood hit areas. Many speakers asked the deputy commissioner to do something tangible in flood control so that the people of Poonch do not go through this ordeal again. They assured every help to the district administration in managing this natural disaster. Several district level officers including ADDC, ADC, ACR, ACD and Tehsildars have been assigned particular flood hit areas and they are constantly monitoring the situation in close coordination with the Army.

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