More bodies found as flood water recedes
More bodies found as flood water recedes, Nearly two weeks after Jammu and Kashmir witnessed its worst floods in nearly 100 years, flood water is finally receding from capital Srinagar, though many parts are still water-logged.
Srinagar: Nearly two weeks after Jammu and Kashmir witnessed its worst floods in nearly 100 years, flood water is finally receding from capital Srinagar, though many parts are still water-logged.
State authorities recovered 13 more bodies from inundated colonies like Rajbagh and Jawahar Nagar areas.
Over 200 people have been killed in the flood-hit state and hundreds are still missing Lal Chowk, the business centre of Srinagar, is still under several feet of water, making it difficult for the authorities and local voluntary organisations to reach out with relief material in the affected areas.
Over 2,30,000 people have been rescued in the state so far, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Tuesday, adding that an "outstanding effort" was put in by the personnel of the Indian Air Force, and they would continue to do so till they were needed. The Air Chief Marshal, along with Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, also briefed Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on the rescue and relief operations in the flood-ravaged state.
A high-level Congress team led by senior leader Gulam Nabi Azad visited flood-ravaged Poonch and Rajouri districts and assured full support to the affected people. The team, comprising Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and former Union ministers Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz among others, visited affected areas of Haveli and Surankote tehsils and conducted an aerial survey along the Poonch river.
Azad directed the state administration to be prompt in providing relief to the affected people. Army Engineers have successfully constructed four major bridges in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in a big relief to lakhs of people residing here. According to an Army official, the force's Engineers have swiftly restored connectivity for lakhs of people living in flood-snapped areas in Jammu district.