Jammu and Kashmir: Omar Abdullah on rescue and relief job 24/7

Sep 05 2014, 14:32 IST
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SummaryAs incessant rains and flash floods lashed Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah supervised the rescue and relief operations in most areas including a premier hospital till late last night.

As incessant rains and flash floods lashed Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah supervised the rescue and relief operations in most areas including a premier hospital till late last night.

"The Chief Minister till late last night personally oversaw the rescue and relief operation carried by Army, Police and Civic Administration at Barzulla and adjacent areas (in Srinagar city) to evacuate people from submerged areas," an official said.

They said Omar remained with rescue teams while the patients and attendants of Bone and Joints Hospital, Barzulla were evacuated to safer places.

"The Chief Minister also oversaw the evacuation and rescue of people from other submerged areas. The rescue operation continued throughout the night," the official said.

They said no loss of life has been reported from the submerged areas which were hit by flood current due to breaches in Jhelum River at some places.

The chief minister also visited Channapora, Natipora, Padshahibagh and Bemina areas of the city in the night hours.

"Omar gave strict directions to the administration for taking all measures to safeguard human lives. He told the administration to make safety of human beings first priority while conducting rescue operations," the official added.

He also directed for establishing shelter camps for the affected families and providing food, blankets, medicines and other items of requirement to them.

Omar had visited the Barzulla hospital and other affected areas during the day yesterday as well after water had seeped into the lawns of the hospital.

The Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 20 crores to meet the emergency expenditure on account of rescue and relief operation in the state.

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