Flood in Jammu: Centre sending 8 National Disaster Response Force teams

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 21:11 IST

Union home secretary said the Centre is sending eight National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to the Kashmir from New Delhi, Patna and other places. One team has already arrived in the Valley. The teams will be stationed in south, central and north Kashmir.

Home secretary Ajit Seth said it in video conferencing with chief secretary Iqbal Khandey. Chief secretary said breach in the Jhelum or in the flood spill channel hasn't been reported and sand bags are being kept ready to raise and fortify embankments. He said in the last few days heavy rains coupled with melting snow has led to rapid increase in the discharge of rivers and rivulets.

The chief secretary informed the home secretary that three joint control rooms in south, north and central Kashmir have been set up. He said all available pumps have been pressed into service to drain out water from the inundated areas.

He said relief camps have already been established at identified locations and they have been provided with adequate quantity of ration, water, fuel, blankets and other necessary items.

Khandey said that stocks of LPG, petrol, diesel and kerosence are available for meeting the requirements for next 10 to 15 days. He said, however, 2,000 trucks are held up along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway which is closed.

He said the state has adequate availability of medicines and small diesel generator sets have been hired by hospitals to provide alternate source of electricity should the power supply snaps.

The Union cabinet secretary directed the concerned authorities to clear the national highway and ensure that unlike the September floods, communication facilities do not collapse.

Principal secretary planning and development BR Sharma, DGP K Rajendra also attended the video-conferencing.

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