All major Srinagar hospitals on Wednesday shifted critical patients to upper storeys and received stock of boats as the government drafted an elaborate evacuation plan in the wake of ongoing incessant rainfall, being predicted till April 3.
Kashmir's biggest maternity hospital, Lal Ded, in uptown Srinagar was provided with an 8-people capacity boat for 306 under-treatment critical patients. "The hospital has 266 patients and 40 newborns admitted right now," said a senior doctor on the condition of anonymity.
The hospital administration has already relieved 650 patients to lessen the burden in case floods hit the city again. The ground floor has been cleared of patients with a four-day backup of life-saving equipment and electricity. Six ambulances and one truck have been allotted a route plan in case of flooding. The hospital remained under water for more than three weeks during the September floods, which left 280 people dead and thousands homeless.
Similarly, vulnerable Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, the main tertiary care of the Valley, has drafted evacuation plan for 331 critical patients admitted there. It has also evacuated ground floor and procured a boat. The hospital has 24-hour back up for life-saving equipment. Ambulances and trucks have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality. It has already discharged 437 less-critical patients.
The Valley's lone children hospital, GB Panth at Sonawar, plans to discharge 40 patients in the next 48 hours with 90 critical patients to stay back.
Boats have been made available to avoid last year's situation where several newborns suffered due to non-availability of transportation when water took over at least two floors of the three-storey hospital. Scores of patients and families remained stuck there for days together.
All patients of the vulnerable Jhelum Valley College and Hospital near Bemina have already been shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences hospital on the city peripheries of Soura, comparatively a safer location.
Kashmir is witnessing unrelenting rainfall since Saturday, forcing the authorities to sound a red alert. Though the water is receding in Jhelum river, but if it rains again there are chances of flooding of the city. Though no major breach was reported in the last five days anywhere.