Massive rescue and relief operations are being carried out by the armed forces and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre said on Monday.
The administration is also working fast to fix telecommunication facilities as 10 very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems — two-way satellite ground stations — were airlifted to restore critical communication towers.
Facing problems of connecting even top state government officials, the Centre dispatched 15 high-frequency wireless sets to Srinagar expecting the wireless service to be restored by Monday night.
“The situation is critical. The priority is to rescue stranded people and provide them relief,” said general officer commanding (GOC) of Northern Command Lt Gen DS Hooda.
The army alone has pressed into service around 18,000 soldiers for rescue efforts and established 16 relief camps. For the first time, 20 marine commandos were deployed in Srinagar while the Indian Air Force conducted 186 sorties for relief operations.
Lt Gen Hooda also said that the fence along the LoC in Akhnoor area has been damaged and this will be repaired in the next 15 days.
The NDRF has pressed 244 boats into service in the Valley with more being moved from its bases in Punjab. The Centre has also sent a team comprising representatives from ministries of power, communication, home affairs and Mother Dairy to Srinagar to take stock of the situation.
HT's report more than 60 years ago, when major floods last hit Kashmir