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  1. Jammu and Kashmir floods: 20 Army columns deployed, choppers in standby mode

Jammu and Kashmir floods: 20 Army columns deployed, choppers in standby mode

With Jammu and Kashmir facing flood again after the devastating calamity last September, Armed forces have launched a rescue operation...

By: | Jammu | Published: March 30, 2015 10:10 PM
A man carries the body of a child after it was pulled out from the rubble after a hillside collapsed onto a house at Laden village, west of Srinagar, March 30, 2015. A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six people and left 10 missing, police said on Monday, as unseasonal rains swept India, damaging crops and raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north. REUTERS

A man carries the body of a child after it was pulled out from the rubble after a hillside collapsed onto a house at Laden village, west of Srinagar, March 30, 2015. A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six people and left 10 missing, police said on Monday, as unseasonal rains swept India, damaging crops and raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north. REUTERS

With Jammu and Kashmir facing flood again after the devastating calamity last September, Armed forces have launched a rescue operation by deploying 20 columns in the state and kept helicopters on standby.

“The Army has placed 20 flood relief columns ready to react and deploy at short notice”, Public Relation Officer (PRO), Defence (Northern Command), Col S D Goswami said.

One army column consists of 75 to 100 troops.

“Due to incessant rains and rising levels of water above danger levels at Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh, Indian Army was formally requisitioned for aid to civil authorities for floods for Srinagar District from Civil Administration on the evening of 30th March”, Col Goswami said.

A boy moves towards safer place from the flood hit Hamdania Colony in Srinagar on Monday. The flood hits Kashmir valley again following incessant rains. PTI

A boy moves towards safer place from the flood hit Hamdania Colony in Srinagar on Monday. The flood hits Kashmir valley again following incessant rains. PTI

In addition, various flood relief stores and equipment have been sidestepped and 30 BAUTS (Boat Assault Universal Type) have been kept ready for deployment at short notice, he said.

The Army spokesman said that BAUTS have been shifted from Srinagar to South Kashmir and from North Kashmir to Srinagar.

The BAUTS have been placed for rescue operations at Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramullah and Khanabal for rescue operations”, he said.

People watch as the flood water enters the Hamdania Colony in Srinagar on Monday. The flood hits Kashmir valley again following incessant rains. PTI

People watch as the flood water enters the Hamdania Colony in Srinagar on Monday. The flood hits Kashmir valley again following incessant rains. PTI

In addition 11 Army’s rescue BAUTS have been placed at BB Cantt, four at Haft Chinar and four at Tattoo Ground in Srinagar itself, he added.

He said that Engineer Task Forces have also been kept on standby in 15 and 16 Corps area. “In addition water pumps have been placed at Shivpora, Srinagar for de-watering and additional pumps have been placed at Badami Bagh Cantonment for utilizing in flood affected areas at short notice”.

A Joint Control Room (JCR) has been established by Army at Badami Bagh Cantonment, he said, adding that Officer Representatives have also been provided for JCRs established by Civil Administration at Anantnag, Srinagar and Baramulla. Emergency Contact Nos of the Army JCR is 2701083.

The Indian Air Force has placed its resources on standby and is also keeping a close watch on the flood situation in the state, Col Goswami said.

“Two Mi-17 helicopters each at Jammu, Udhampur and Srinagar. And one each Cheetah helicopter of IAF are on standby at Srinagar and Jammu to be part of rescue and relief operations”, the PRO said.

“A house had collapsed at Laten in South Kashmir on 29th March. Army’s rescue column was immediately dispatched for rescue operation and operations are in progress”, Col Goswami said.

He said that an Army column with JCBs (excavators) was provided at Baramulla area for flood control operations.

Army has also undertaken strengthening of weak points on the anti-flood bund along Jhelum river at two locations in Sonawar Area, Col Goswami said, adding that continuous vigil of areas along River Jhelum, slide and avalanche prone areas is being maintained.

IAF has assured civil administration of all possible assistance in this time of crisis, he added.

“As part of rescue  and relief  operations  the troops of Army’s White Knight Corps in a daring act rescued 24 villagers of Chandak villagers near Kalai bridge”, he added.

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