Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed concern on the flood situation in Jammu & Kashmir and directed the Cabinet Secretary to convene a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) immediately. Accordingly, NCMC met here this evening under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary and reviewed the rescue and relief operations in Jammu & Kashmir.
Due to floods so far, there are 116 deaths and total number of villages affected is 2,325 out of which nearly 350 villages have been submerged. Rescue and Relief operations are in full swing. Services of Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been requisitioned. 22 IAF Helicopters and 4 Aircraft have been deployed for evacuating the stranded population and providing necessary relief support. 130 Army Columns and 8 teams of NDRF with necessary equipment such as boats, satellite phones, life jackets etc. are in position. These teams have so far rescued nearly 11,000 people. In addition, services of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have also been requisitioned, wherever necessary.
At today’s meeting, instructions were given to organize all possible help to the State Government to provide quick relief to the affected population. To coordinate efforts, round the clock Control Room is operational in the Ministry of Home Affairs.