J-K floods: Water levels recede, rescue ops pick up momentum

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 10, 2014 10:49 IST

Water levels started receding in Srinagar and some other parts of the state Wednesday morning, but tens of thousands are still stranded on rooftops without food or clean water .

In Srinagar town there is a decrease in water level by 3 to 4 feet since the beginning of the floods, where as there is a rise of 6 inches in Wuller Lake. Manasbal Lake saw a reduction by 3 inches bringing the water level to 18.3 feet, which is still 4.3 feet above danger mark.Areas downstream of Jhelum River are experiencing increase in water levels.

The army has airlifted more 31000 people from the flood affected places of the Kashmir valley including 5,000 from the Srinagar city. Foreign tourists were among those rescued. An army spokesperson said additional columns and helicopters have been pressed into use and people were being moved relief camps established by the army as well as civil administration.

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The water level is receding, however, Srinagar town remains the most critical part of flood hit areas. Army spokesperson said efforts are being made to resuce people in Rajbag, Jawahar Nagar, Gogji Bag and Shivpora where most of the people are stranded.

The stranded people are guiding rescue teams to the worst-affected areas. The army has airlifted some tourists including foreign tourists.

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The army in coordination with the Air Force handed over 10 tons of supplies to the civil administration for distribution. 15 tons of pre-cooked food and 15000 litres of water were also distributed among the affected people, an army spokes person said.

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In South Kashmir and Srinagar army camps are also flooded and over 1000 Army personnel and families are stranded without food and water. While supplies are being made available to them, Army said it is giving priority to civilians.

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(With agency inputs)

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