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Jammu and Kashmir faces worst flood in decades

Over 23,000 people have been rescued in Jammu as flash floods have stalled all activities in the state over the last week. Schools have reopened after a week. The extent of damage and inundation can be gauged from an aerial view of the flooded areas in Srinagar. Due to incessant rain for days Jammu and Kashmir has been battling one of the worst floods in decades with rivers in the region in spate. Over 200 people have died and thousands are stranded across the state including Srinagar. Suction and submersible pumps from Vishakhapatnam and Jodhpur are being sent to the severely affected areas. Overturned heavy vehicles are a common site after roads have caved in as a result of the flash floods in Srinagar. The Army is rescuing stranded civilians and tourists round the clock and busy in setting up temporary relief camps. Langars are being established and drinking water being supplied to all stranded in the floods.

260 NIIT students struck at Srinagar were transported to Leh for being airlifted to New Delhi. Landslides have become rampant causing grievous hurt to people and property. Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami has been reviewing rescue and relief efforts in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. Rehabilitation measures include power supply and road connectivity. About 153 deaths have been reported across Jammu division. Around 20,000 houses have been partially or completely damaged while about 2,500 livestock have been perished. The National Highway has been restored for light motor vehicles. Armed forces have rescue over 1.10 lakh people in relief operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. More than 30,000 troops have been deployed along with 84 helicopters and transport aircraft of the Air Force. Army has deployed more than a total of 224 boats of Army and 148 of NDRF’s inflatable boats for rescue operations. Thirteen tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day have been provided at Srinagar.

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