J-K floods: Army shifts focus to relief, food distribution

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 22:18 IST

As Mission Sahayata entering its 12th day on Monday, the focus of the army shifted to relief and distribution of food, water and medicine.

With a large number of people having lost their homes, the need for relief and logistics assumed greater importance. As many as 137 relief columns were established and relief was provided to 5,717 civilians in the Kashmir Valley, an army release said on Monday.

Supplies from across the country that were being inducted through air force aircraft was being handed over to the civil administration. The army has also established field hospitals at Badami Bagh cantonment and Anantnag. Medical aid was provided to 2,134 people, while 7,806 people were treated in the medical camps.

The army is also supporting the civil administration and central government agencies in the clearance of roads, establishment of communication and providing tents for relief camps. Traffic resumed from Udhampur via Sinthen Pass to Awantipur. On a trial basis, 14 vehicles started from Udhampur to reach Srinagar.

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