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Army, IAF step up rescue ops

Armed forces stepped up rescue efforts in flood-hit J&K where 12,500 people been evacuated to safety so far by the army. The air force pressed more planes and choppers into service and opened a disaster monitoring cell to deal with the crisis.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2014 13:35 IST

Armed forces stepped up rescue efforts in flood-hit J&K where 12,500 people been evacuated to safety so far by the army. The air force pressed more planes and choppers into service and opened a disaster monitoring cell to deal with the crisis.

An improvement in the weather allowed the rescue operations to be intensified in the state where nearly 150 persons are feared dead in the floods.

IAF has alerted all its bases to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to the crisis and has committed 29 planes and choppers into the relief efforts.

“The IAF Command has alerted all its bases to be at a high state of readiness to respond to the emerging situation,” said Col SD Goswami, PRO, Army’s Northern Command.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) sent 17 more teams to the flood-ravaged state, five of which reached by Sunday night.

The Director General of NDRF, OP Singh, said that over 17 teams are being rushed to J&K, adding that five teams will be reaching the state by Sunday night.

He further said that the NDRF is facing issues related to communication and navigation in the state.

Earlier, Union home minister Rajnath Singh instructed the NDRF to send five more squads to the flood-affected areas, after reviewing the situation.

Control rooms are being set up at Srinagar, Jammu and New Delhi to monitor and coordinate the rescue and relief operations.

The telephone numbers of the control rooms are: Jammu and Kashmir House in New Delhi (011)-24611210 and 24611108; Srinagar 0194-2452138; and Jammu 0191-2560401.

Anybody seeking assistance pertaining to the flood crisis in J-K may also approach Home Ministry’s control room in New Delhi, the telephone numbers for which are: (011) 23093054, 23092763, 23093564, 23092923, 23092885, 23093566, 23093563.