Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Thurday that the state government was declaring the recent windstorm which lashed the Valley and parts of Jammu region during the intervening night of March 19 and 20 as natural calamity.
"The government is declaring the recent windstorm which lashed the state as natural calamity," Abdullah informed the assembly on Thursday morning.
The necessary government order to this effect is being issued by the General Administration Department, he said and added "the windstorm speed was of 40 knots and the cyclone crossing 35 knots constitutes natural calamity".
The chief minister said a team of Ministers comprising minister for revenue and rehabilitation Raman Bhalla and minister of state for home Nasir Aslam Wani have been deputed to visit affected areas in Poonch, Anantnag, Kupwara, Bandipora, Srinagar and other areas to further undertake on the spot review of the damages.
"I also held an emergency meeting in Srinagar on March 20 and visited various areas to take first hand appraisal of the windstorm which claimed three precious human lives while 39 persons received injuries," Abdullah said.
He said the distribution of relief by deputy commissioners concerned would start as soon as the order for declaring the windstorm as natural calamity was issued and added that "politics has no role to play in such incidents where humanity has suffered. Playing politics in the distribution of relief will not be allowed".