Srinagar, September 14, (Scoop News)_Over 1,84,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged Himalayan state, a defence official said.
“Thirteen tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 1.2 lakh bottles per day has already reached Srinagar”, he said.
The official said, “engineering stores including suction pumps from Vishakhapatnam have reached the flood affected area. More heavy duty pumps being airlifted from Jodhpur and Raipur today.”
Sewage pumps from Delhi have also been dispatched to the valley. Thirty generator sets of 3 to 5 KVA capacity have also been sent to Srinagar to augment continuous power supply in relief camps and field hospitals.
The official said additional communication equipment of BSNL are being dispatched to restore the communication systems in the State.
8,200 blankets and 1392 tents were provided to the flood victims. 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services are already operating in full swing. Four Field Hospitals have been established in Avantipur, Pattan, Anantnag and Old Airfield where medical aid is being provided to the ailing people.
Till now they have treated around 51,476 patients. Two additional fully equipped field hospitals with laboratory testing equipment facility have also been established in Srinagar, he said.
More relief materials including blankets and tents, water bottles from IRCTC and food packets are being airlifted from Patna, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Amritsar.
The official said eighty four transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps are continuing their efforts in rescue and relief operations.
Army has deployed around 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations in the flood affected area.
More than 5,08,000 litres of water, 3,10,000 food packets and over 1054 tonnes cooked food have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas, the official said.
So far 2253 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Armed Forces and 3017 tonnes of relief materials have been dropped by the Indian Air Force.
A total of 224 boats of Army and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation.
Armed Forces have also established 19 relief camps in Srinagar and Jammu region.
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