Friday, September 12, 2014

Indian Army's Operation Megh Rahat Enters Tenth Day

Over 96,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State.
Eighty four transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps have been pressed into service. Army has deployed around 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations, in which 21,000 troops are deployed in Srinagar region and 9,000 troops in Jammu region. Armed Forces personnel are distributing water bottles and food packets on a large scale. So far 2,24,000 litres of water, 2.6 tonne of biscuit, 7 tonne baby food and 31,500 food packets have already been airdropped and distributed in the flood-affected areas.

8,200 blankets and 650 tents were provided to the flood victims. In an endeavor to provide speedy medical aid to the affected populace, 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services are already operating in full swing. Till now they have treated more than 21,500 patients. More relief materials including blankets and tents, water bottles and food packets are being airlifted from Hyderabad, Baroda, Golden Temple (Amritsar), Ambala and Delhi.

So far 930 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of Armed Forces. 1237 tonnes of relief materials were dropped by the Indian Air Force.

Keeping in view of urgent requirement of more boats in the rescue operation, Army has deployed 90 more boats in Srinagar and adjoining areas. A total of 224 boats of Army and 148 NDRF’s inflatable boats are actively involved in the rescue operation.

Armed Forces have also established 19 relief camps in Srinagar and Jammu region. In Srinagar region, camps were established at BB Cantt, Avantipur, Old Airfield, Sumbal, Chattargam and Jijamata Mandir, where thousands of rescued people are being sheltered. They are also being provided with food and other basic amenities. 

To restore the road connectivity, five task forces of Border Roads Organisation, which include 5700 personnel, have been pressed into service. As of now, they have restored the road connectivity from Batote – Kishtwar and Kishtwar - Sinthan Pass. Work between Sinthan Pass and Anantnag is now open for light vehicles. Jammu - Poonch road has been cleared for traffic. On the Jammu – Srinagar highway, BRO personnel are trying hard to clear the road blocked by fresh landslide at KM 69 and KM 131.

The situation is being continuously monitored and progress of the events are updated in the office of the HQ IDS in New Delhi.

On the Tenth day of the rescue operation ‘Operation Megh Rahat’ the Army has intensified its rescue efforts. While more than 220 columns remain dedicated for the rescue efforts the number of people rescued by the Army has increased to 65,000.
The Army Medical authorities have provided medical help to the affected people with about 96 medical teams working round the clock. On 10 September, more than 85 adults and about 40 children have been treated by the Army Doctors in a single day.  The Army is also in the process to inducting a Field Hospital in Srinagar, which will further boost the medical assistance to the flood affected people.  The Nursing officers of the Army are also helping the efforts by cooking food and providing meals to the civilians stranded at Srinagar Cantt. Meanwhile food packets of cooked food and drinking water are being packed and sent to Srinagar from Udhampur. 
The Aviation wing of the Army has employed about 30 Helicopters which have carried out more than 450 sorties and rescued about 1500 stranded civilians.  The helicopters have also transported a mixed load of more than 75000 Kg of relief material to various locations in the valley.  Meanwhile to make up for the mammoth requirement of safe drinking water the Army alongwith Air Force has air lifted 20000 Lts of water in bottles and containers from Jammu and transported to Srinagar.  The Army is also in the processing of inducting stores and fuel for the repair, maintenance and functioning of motor boats and helicopters employed in the rescue operations.
There has been a fresh landslide reported ahead of Ramban which is hampering the reopening of road to the Kashmir valley.  However, with the concerted efforts of Army Engineers and the Border Road Organisation Light vehicle connectivity from Banihal upto Pampore has been restored.  It is expected that the road till Srinagar should be opened in a week’s time. Specialised Army Engineer and Communication detachments and equipment are being air lifted from Jammu, Udhampur and other locations of the country to facilitate restoration of water supply, telecommunication and bridge construction in the valley.
In Jammu & Kashmir the flash flood washed away one part of Dorungli Bridge  on 06 September 2014. The bridge was on Dorungli Nala, Poonch river, which connects Poonch to Rajouri by road passing through famous Nangli Sahib Gurudwara. The Indian Army swung into action and started the re-construction work 09 September 2014 after the weather cleared up. One Task Force of Army Engineers and troops from Poonch Brigade along with the Border Roads personnel made the bridge operational by the afternoon on same day itself.
This bridge is the only link from Poonch to Rajouri. After the breakdown of other bridge over Poonch River, the Shere-Kashmir bridge, the people of Poonch were completely cut off from rest of Jammu region.

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