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Over 2.37 lakh people rescued from flood-hit J&K so far

india Updated: Sep 16, 2014 18:50 IST
Col SD Goswami

Over 2.37 lakh people have been so far rescued while medical treatment has been provided to nearly 75,000 of them in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir where relief and and rescue operations entered the 15th day on Tuesday.

"Over 2,37,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged state," PRO Defence Col SD Goswami said today.

About 3,887 tonnes of relief material have been ferried by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to Jammu and Kashmir so far.

Three teams of Naval Marine Commandos are actively involved in rescue operations at Watlab, Widipura and Tankpura in Kashmir to give boost to rescue and relief operations.

"As the flood water has started receding the apprehension for water-borne diseases is rising. Now demand for filtered water has increased. Twenty RO plants from Hyderabad with a capacity to filter 4 lakh litre per day and four RO plants from Delhi with a capacity to filter one lakh litre per day have already been airlifted to Srinagar," the PRO said.

Thirteen tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day was sent earlier to Srinagar.

More heavy duty suction pumps have also been transported from Jodhpur and Raipur to the Valley, the PRO said.

He also said that 33,000 blankets were distributed in flood-affected areas yesterday, which were donated by Ministry of Textile and Government of Jharkhand and Punjab.

Earlier 17,500 blankets and 2106 tents were provided to the flood victims, he added.