Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Army restores road link to Kashmir via Leh for relief operations

JAMMU: The Indian Army engineers and Border Roads Organization (BRO) on Tuesday restored the road connectivity to the flood affected Kashmir valley from Ladakh region in order to enhance relief operations.

Army spokesperson, Northern Command Udhampur, said that connectivity will be a major boost for the ongoing relief operations being undertaken by the Army in the Kashmir valley.

"With road connectivity," he said, "the Army is now mobilizing the existing stocks in Leh to provide essential supplies to the beleaguered valley." "The urgent requirement of food, water and medicines will be moved from the Army holdings in Ladakh while additional stocks are being inducted via Manali to provide relief to the people in the valley."

A massive rescue and relief operations by the Indian Armed Forces is on in Jammu and Kashmir. Armed Forces alongwith NDRF so far rescued 42,587 persons in different regions of J&K, he added.

Stranded people in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

Army has deployed 215 columns of its personnel for rescue and relief operations, in which 130 columns are deployed in Srinagar region and 85 columns in Jammu region.

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During this rescue-cum-relief operation they have distributed 7,200 blankets and 210 tents. The Army also distributed 42,000 litres of water, 600 kilograms of biscuit, 7 tonne baby food and 1000 food packets in the flood-affected areas. In an endeavor to provide speedy medical aid to the affected populace, 80 medical teams of the Armed Forces Medical Services have also swung into action.

BSNL with the assistance of the Armed Forces is trying hard to restore its mobile services through satellite network and the telecom network at the earliest. Besides, Air Force communication equipment and a team from private telecom company are being airlifted from Delhi.

Fifteen engineering task force teams along with boats and other lifesaving equipment have already reached the flood affected areas to supplement the rescue operation.

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