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Jammu and kashmir floods

Jammu and kashmir floods
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Jammu and kashmir floods, Food, drinking water and medical facilities should reach even the last person in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court told the Centre and the state government.

‘Food, water, medicine should reach everyone’

  • Omar thanks Modi Govt for support during rescue ops
  • Charges of discrimination malicious and insidious: Army
  • Over 2.26 lakh people rescued in flood-hit state so far
  • Train services partially resume in Kashmir Valley

New Delhi: Food, drinking water and medical facilities should reach even the last person in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court told the Centre and the state government.

"I saw visuals on television that a large number of people are staying on roofs for survival and it is a challenge. Relief must reach them," said Chief Justice of India Justice RM Lodha.
Volunteers distribute essentials to the flood affected people at an Indian army relief camp in Jammu on Monday
There had been complaints that not enough boats were available for relief work. The Centre told the court that the state government has said there were enough boats for relief work.

Jammu and Kashmir Government expressed sincere thanks to the Centre for its support during rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged state.

During a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah thanked the Narendra Modi Government for the support given to the state and help rendered in this hour of crises, an official spokesman said.

Refuting charges as "malicious and insidious" that preference was being given to tourists and out of state residents in their rescue efforts, Army said it is committed to the task at hand and does not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, creed or region.

"Northern Command categorically refutes these charges as malicious and insidious (that Army in their rescue efforts, has been giving preference to tourists and out of state residents)", a senior Army officer said here.

Over the last few days, some individuals have been spreading the such rumours, he said.

Over 2.26 lakh people have been rescued so far as the rescue and relief operations in the flood-ravaged state entered 14th day.

"Armed Forces and NDRF have so far rescued over 2,26,000 persons from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations," Defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami said.

Of these, 1.40 lakh people have been rescued by Army alone as the rescue and relief operations have entered 14th day, Goswami said.

Armed Forces had launched Mission Rahat in Jammu region while in Kashmir region Mission Sahayata was launched for rescue and relief operations.

Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in association with several social organisations organised three-day long free medical camps and provided medical aid to around 1,400 patients in different areas of Jammu district.

After remaining disrupted for 11 days, railways partially resumed train services in the Valley on Monday following restoration of tracks damaged by flood waters.

Train services commenced between Srinagar and Baramulla, said a senior Northern Railway official.

The first train departed from Budgam at 12 noon to Baramulla and will commence its return service to Srinagar and there on.

Jammu and Kashmir's Civil Secretariat will start functioning from September 18 in Srinagar, the summer capital city.

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