Srinagar — Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reviewed the prevailing flood situation in the State this morning at a high level meeting in Srinagar and took stock of the rescue and relief measures put in place to provide necessary succour to the flood-hit population.
Immediately after arriving at technical airport Srinagar, the home minister drove to the meeting venue and was apprised of the situation that has arisen due to incessant rains resulting into devastating flood particularly in Kashmir Valley and some districts of Jammu Division. The chief minister gave overview of the situation and the measures taken by the State administration to safeguard the lives and to evacuate people from the submerged areas.
The Union minister assured all help from the Centre to the State to overcome the difficulties and help relief and rehabilitation of the affected population. He added that a comprehensive report on losses would be sent to the Government of India as early as possible.
The chief minister said that the foremost concern of the State government was to ensure safety of human lives and evacuate the population trapped in submerged areas. He said the assessment of losses would be ascertained on a war-footing as soon as the water receded. However, he added that paddy and fruit crops were destroyed in huge quantities by the floods and unabated rains. He said, besides standing paddy crop, vegetables, maize and other crops had also been damaged. He said there was heavy damage to the public infrastructure and private property besides residential houses. He further said that thr Army, NDRF, State police and civil administration were working in tandem to help rescue and evacuation of marooned population.
After the meeting, the Union minister and chief minister drove to the inundated areas in upper Srinagar to get visual appraisal of the devastation of flood and the difficulties people are facing in this hour of crisis. During the tour, the two leaders visited Baghat, Barzulla, Rambagh, River Jhelum Bund, Zero Bridge, Budshah Bridge, Exhibition Chowk, Saria Bhalla and other areas of the summer capital.
Later Singh, accompanied by Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, left for Jammu on a similar mission. Talking to media persons at the Jammu technical airport, he announced immediate relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. He also assured that the Central government was with the people of the State and all possible efforts would be made to save the human lives and compensate the losses. In Jammu, Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of some areas in Akhnoor tehsil to take stock of the situation.
Presenting a brief account of the flood situation and the damages caused to infrastructure and private property besides loss of human lives, the State commissioner secretary revenue and relief Vinod Koul informed that, as per the latest reports, as many as 83 people had died in the devastating flood. He said that 390 villages had been submerged in the Valley while 1,225 were partially affected. He said in Jammu Division 1,000 villages had been affected by the flood waters.