The Omar Abdullah government is now taking “charge” of the relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, the Union health ministry proposes to mobilise boats to send medical supplies to the people trapped in the submerged areas of Srinagar and are finding it impossible to venture out of their houses.
“The chief minister has directed his officials to mobilise the available boats and start something on an urgent basis. I am also arranging for accelerating the supply side especially in respect of doctors and health workers,” said Union health minister Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi after returning from the flood ravaged areas in the Jammy and Kashmir on Sunday.
People suffering from diabetes and hypertension among the cut-off population need to be urgently rushed their dozes of medicines. Only boats laden with such drugs can access such people, added the minster. The central government had also sent 80 women gynaecologists. To supply clean drinking water, four RO plants with capacity to purify 2 lakh litres of water a day have been installed. Another 12 smaller plants will be fitted on boats to move around and supply portable water.
Pointing out that a number of diseases could spread because of the of dead animals lying around, he urged the launch of an information-education-communication-intervention offensive to make people conscious of the need to boil water before drinking and observing other hygienic parameters of the present situation. The state has set up three sites for receipt and onward distribution of relief material. Now only dry ration and dry eatables are being distributed through helicopters by landing at distribution sites and through boats as air dropping of supplies has been stopped.
(With inputs from HT Correspondent, New Delhi)