329 columns of army personnel and 79 helicopters and aircraft pressed into service
Srinagar — Over 76,500 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; 80 transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps have been pressed into service.
The Army has deployed 329 columns of its personnel (approx. 30,000 troops) for rescue and relief operations, in which 244 columns are deployed in Srinagar region and 85 columns in Jammu region. Armed Forces personnel are distributing water bottles and food packets on a large scale. So far 2,10,000 litres of water, 2.6 tonne of biscuit, 7 tonne baby food and 31,000 food packets have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas.
Flood victimes have so far received 8,200 blankets and 650 tents from the armed forces. In an endeavor to provide speedy medical aid to the affected populace, 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services are already operating in full swing. More relief materials including 2000 hospital bed sheets, blankets and tents, water bottles and cooked food are being airlifted today.
So far 710 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Armed Forces, out of which 97 sorties were undertaken today itself. 807 tonnes of relief materials were dropped by the Indian Air Force. 135 Army bauts and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation.
The armed forces have also established some relief camps in Srinagar region and some in 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 road connectivity, 5 task forces of Border Roads Organisation, which include 5,700 personnel, have been pressed into service. As of now, they have restored the road connectivity between Batote-Kishtwar and Kishtwar-Sinthan Pass. Work between Sinthan Pass and Anantnag is in progress and Jammu to KM 172 is open for light vehicular traffic. Jammu-Poonch road has been cleared for traffic. The situation is being continuously monitored and progress of the events are updated at the office of the HQ IDS in New Delhi.