|Govt mishandling relief, rehab process: Mehbooba|
|`Situation grim; people at verge of starvation’|
|SRINAGAR, Sept 21: Reiterating the demand for coordinated and planned efforts in order to provide much needed respite to the flood affected people across Jammu and Kashmir, the president Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said after natural calamity and government inaction, the mishandling of relief and rehabilitation process was compounding the miseries of general masses.
The PDP president after visiting several flood affected areas in the outskirts of Srinagar, Budgam, Beerwah and Tangmarg constituencies said that the situation on ground was grim as people were not only susceptible to the outbreak of diseases but they were also at the verge of starvation. She said that the process to provide relief to the affected families was slow and being carried without any coordination...|
|NDRF launches advanced medical facilities|
|JAMMU, Sep 21: In order to expedite relief operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has introduced advanced medical services.
An ambulance equipped with several advanced emergency medical facilities and vehicles were launched on Saturday. These facilities will be used in inaccessible areas where patients are stuck and face difficulties in reaching out for health care.
"What we have done we have bought these all terrain vehicles. The purpose is to test a technology where these vehicles can negotiate certain areas where conventional vehicles are not able to go, say for example 2.5 feet of water, a gradient of 20-30 feet, slush where we have lot debris stones. So these can be easily negotiated by these vehicles," said Inspector General...|
|Gadkari, Jitendra to conduct aerial survey in Kashmir|
|JAMMU, Sep 21: Union ministers Nitin Gadari and Jitendra Singh will on Monday take an aerial survey of various roads damaged in recent floods in valley in Jammu & Kashmir.
Road transport, highways and shipping minister Gadkari and minister of state (MoS) in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Singh will arrive in Srinagar on Monday, officials said on Sunday.
During his one-day visit to the summer capital, Gadkari will make an on-the-spot assessment of the damage to roads occurring as a result of floods and discuss remedial steps to be taken thereon, they said.
Soon after his arrival, Gadkari, accompanied by Singh and the officers concerned, will undertake an aerial survey of various roads and construction works under progress.
After the survey, he will hold a meeting with the officers of Bo...|
|NC worker shot dead in Srinagar|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 21: Unidentified gunmen Sunday shot dead a worker of the ruling National Conference party here in Srinagar, police said.
The motorcycle-riding gunmen fired at Mohd. Lateef Gupkari in the old city area of Nawatta, critically injuring him.
"He was immediately taken to Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. Doctors tried to revive him but he died of his injuries," police said....|
|Schools to re-open after PWD safety check|
|SRINAGAR, Sept 21: All schools in flood hit areas of the state will be reopened only after safety check by the Public Works Department.
According to Secretary, School Education, Nirmal Sharma, the Directors of School Education, Kashmir and Jammu have been asked to get the school buildings in flood hit areas checked for safety by the PWD before re-opening.
Meanwhile, the Secretary has also issued instructions to speed up the cleaning process in and around schools....|
|Yashpal appeals govt to take steps to rehabilitate affected people|
|JAMMU, Sep 21: MLC and PDP general secretary, Yashpal Sharma today appealed the center and the state government to take effective steps to rehabilitate the affected people at an earliest.
Addressing media persons in Poonch today,Yashpal Sharma said that critical situations arisen out of recent flood in Poonch was discussed in length and breadth wherein a large number of houses, agricultural land, standing crops, cattles and many people were washed away.
PDP has put forth a five point programme before the administration to help the affected people which includes all the effected people who were residing near rivers or elsewhere whose houses have been completely washed away by the recent flood or destroyed due to land slides should be duly compensated by providing govt. flats of two ...|
|Floods damage 1,200 schools in Jammu|
|JAMMU, Sep 20: The floods in Jammu & Kashmir have dealt a severe blow to the educational infrastructure with 1,276 government schools damaged across Jammu. The administration has now embarked on an urgent ‘repair and relocation’ plan so that students can attend classes again.
"We have submitted a proposal of Rs 62 crore for repair and reconstruction of damaged educational infrastructure to the government so that school education setup is brought back on its feet," Director of school education, Jammu, H R Pakhroo said.
"The recent floods in the state have severely affected the routine class work in 1,276 government schools across Jammu province. The buildings of these institutions have been either partially or fully damaged," he added.
Of these, 200 buildings have either been washed awa...|
|Army foils intrusion bid in Poonch|
|MENDHAR, Sep 20: Army claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid in Balakot sector of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district today.
Official reports said that troops of 6 Rajpur Regiment deployed at the forward Posts 496 and 497 in Trikundi area of Balakot sector noticed a suspected movement of a group of 10-15 militants along the Line of Control (LoC) last evening at 9 PM. The troops challenged them and opened fire. The intruders retaliated by the fire. The exchange of firing continued for half-an-hour and intruders returned to other side of LoC.
Several Border out Posts (BoPs) and fence have been damaged while the land mines drifted from its actual positions near the Line of Control. To take advantage of the situation, the militants tried to intrude into the Indian territory.
|4 militants killed on Kupwara LoC|
|JAMMU, Sep 20: Foiling a major infiltration bid, security forces killed four militants in an encounter along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district.
Police said that heavily armed militants were surrounded by the soldiers near the LoC in Tangdhar sector during the intervening night of September 19 and September 20, police said, "Following intelligence inputs, the army challenged the militants in Tangdhar sector Saturday morning."
"The militants started firing at the soldiers triggering an encounter in which four militants were killed and their weapons were seized."
"All routes have been sealed so that the militants cannot escape," a senior police officer said.
"Around 15 of the militants are still firing at the soldiers. A fierce encounter has been going on in the area."
|16 Rajouri bus mishap victims still missing|
|JAMMU, Sep 20: Over a fortnight after a bus with 67 passengers on board was washed away in flash-flood in Rajouri district, the fate of 16 people is still not clear. The Army apprehends that they might have been washed away to the other side of the border.
"One body was recovered last evening. With this, 51 bodies have been recovered," a police officer said.
However, 16 bodies are yet to be recovered, he added.
Army is apprehensive that they might have been washed away to the other side of border....|
|Rains in Rajouri create panic|
|RAJOURI, Sep 20: Devastating floods and incessant rains for more than week have made people in this border district panicky whenever it rains.
Rajouri witnessed heavy rainfall on Saturday for more than two hours and people were panicky, fearing that the heavy rains may bring another fury of nature. Schools and college going students along with commuters who had come from outside for shopping, were seen rushing back to their homes while raining.
Meanwhile, hilly areas of district also reportedly witnessed heavy rains, Budhal, Darhal, Thannamandi and Kotranka areas have received heavy rainfall for more than five hours. The temperature in hilly areas has fell down drastically the inhabitants are reportedly preferred to wear woolen clothes to save from cold.
Mughal Road was also blocked...|
|In Kashmir, floods wash away religious differences|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 20: While the dominant narrative following the Kashmir floods has been of the army and National Disaster Rescue Force's operations, many local volunteers are working to heal the scars left by the disaster.
Local volunteers have come together irrespective of community or religion to help each other in their time of need.
While some are working with children affected by the floods, others have been providing medical assistance and opening up mass kitchens.
Children at the Jama Masjid in Hyderpora in Srinagar have been going through art counseling-a form of post-traumatic stress disorder therapy every day.
Water dominates most of the paintings of children. They have taken refuge here after the floods forced them and their families out of their homes.
The children are gi...|
|Govt relief efforts confined to announcements: Mehbooba|
|Seeks effective dewatering mechanism, relief operation|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 19: Urging the state government to put its act together even at this late stage, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti has said that the claims made by the government about relief efforts are mostly confined to the announcements.
PDP president, in a statement, said that the inadequate arrangement for pumping out flood waters from the most inundated areas is threatening lives and surviving buildings besides adding to the economic loss suffered by people in the Valley.
“Many areas in South Kashmir, Srinagar city and other parts of central and North Kashmir continue to be inundated,” she said adding that the mechanical dewatering of these areas has not been taken up at the desired pace.
She said, the main business centers around Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk, Hari Sin...|
|We will rebuild, rehabilitate, overcome: Farooq|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 19: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah has expressed grief, shock and sorrow at the enormous loss of lives and property caused by the unprecedented floods that devastated hundreds of villages in Jammu and Kashmir provinces, marooned most of Srinagar and resulted in hundreds and thousands of people having been stranded and displaced.
In a statement released here today, Dr. Farooq Abdullah has extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and expressed his sympathy and solidarity with those who were rendered homeless or displaced due to the havoc caused by the floods.
Dr. Farooq has also expressed grave concern at the incomprehensible damage caused to residential houses and public infrastructure throughout the State.
|Make foreign aid to J&K duty free|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 19: With foreign countries announcing aid for the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the state government today said it would ask the Centre to waive Customs duty on relief material.
"I will take up this matter (customs duty on aid equipment from abroad) with the Centre," Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said.
The Chief Minister said that he would ask the Centre to waive Customs duty on relief material, particularly medical equipment, coming for rehabilitation of the flood victims in the state.
Omar said his government has already waived taxes on all relief material entering the state.
The UAE government had on Wednesday announced that it would send urgent humanitarian assistance to the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir.
Australia too had yesterday provided Rs 15 lakh for th...|
|Tourism ministry gives Rs 100-cr for J&K|
|NEW DELHI, Sep 19: Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik on Friday said the ministry has given Rs 100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
"We are the first ministry to allocate money to flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir. The money would be used for reconstruction of damaged hotels," said Naik at a conference highlighting the achievements of the ministry during his 100-day charge.
Parvez Dewan, tourism secretary returned from the valley Thursday after making an assessment of the damage caused and actions to be taken to restore tourist activities in Srinagar that has been affected by floods.
"Government assets have been damaged, but it is the private-sector that has been worst affected by the flo...|
|J&K govt functioning from Hari Niwas|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 19: After failing to reach Civil Secretariat building which is still submerged the top government officials have formally started operating from Hari Niwas Guest House on Friday situated at the Zabarwan hills.
Sources told authorities had a day before decided to function from the old secretariat premises. “Today it was felt that the Old Secretariat has not enough space to accommodate huge number of secretariat employees so all the secretaries and commissioner secretaries have started functioning from Hari Niwas,” government sources said.
The deluge had completely paralysed the state administration for so many days with the police control room, office of the fire and emergency service, office of the IG Kashmir and the J&K High Court in the city being flooded.
|Two weeks on, water refuses to recede in some areas|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 19: It has been two weeks since floods triggered by heavy rains wreaked havoc in Jammu and Kashmir and still many houses in Srinagar's upscale Jawahar Nagar are marooned in nearly 12 feet of water.
Concrete houses have been submerged in 10 feet of water for over 10 days. Once the poshest locality of Srinagar, Jawahar Nagar is now barely keeping afloat. As one travels on a shikara in alleys where cars once buzzed past, there is an eerie silence, broken only by the makeshift oars wading through the water.
Local volunteers in small rubber boats help others who stayed behind. Maggi, biscuits and water is a luxury to those marooned in their flooded homes.
J&K floods: Two weeks on, water refuses to recede in some areas
Jawahar Nagar will remain the way it is for a while an...|
|Roads, water supply partially restored in Poonch|
|POONCH, Sep 18: After more than two weeks, Poonch district is limping back to normalcy. The vehicular traffic on Kalai-Jhulas road was resumed today while 70 percent power and 80 percent drinking water facility restored in Poonch district this evening.
There are few villages without electricity and drinking water in this border district.
Official sources said road connectivity of Khanetar, Bhainchh, Kanuyian, Mangnar, Dara Dullian, Jhulas and Salotri villages were restored this morning. These areas were cut off since more than two weeks due to damage to Sher-e-Kashmir Bridge and massive landslides on the highway at Kalai and Khanetar. While district administration restored 70 percent power and 80 percent drinking water facility in Poonch district. Within two weeks power and drinking wat...|
|Kathua clash, shoot-out|
|Prime accused arrested after hot chase|
|JAMMU, Sept 18: Police today claimed to have arrested the main accused in the shootout in the office building of Truck operators Union at Govindsar Kathua between two groups of truck operators two days back, which left one Excise guard dead and three truck operators injured.
Identified as Kuldeep Singh alias Kingu son of Harnam Singh resident of Ward number 8 Kathua he was arrested when he was trying to flee towards Punjab via the Ravi river in Kathua belt, a police officer said today.
The officer revealed that a shooting incident took place in the office building of Truck Operators Union at Govindsar, Kathua on September 16, 2014 in which the president of Truck Union, Kuldeep Singh alias Kingu and others fired upon the members of rival group which resulted into the death of one Excise ...|
|Gen Hooda visits Srinagar|
|UDHAMPUR, Sep 18: Lt Gen DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command arrived in Srinagar today on a one day visit to review the ongoing relief and restoration operation in the valley.
Defence spokesman said that on his arrival, Army Commander was received by GOC 15 Corps Commander and was briefed on the relief and restoration operations launched by the Chinar Corps under mission ‘Sahayata’. He also visited the flood affected areas inside the Badami Bagh Cantonment and was given a detailed overview of the damages suffered by various establishments within the Badami Bagh Cantonment and other Army camps in Kashmir.
“The Army Commander commended all ranks of Chinar Corps for relentless effort made during the floods in Kashmir towards rescue, relief and restoration operations, despite enormou...|
|CM thanks Guv for donating one month’s salary|
|CM donates Rs one lakh|
|SRINAGAR, Sept 18: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who this morning reviewed the latest prevailing aftermath in the state arising out of devastating floods at a high level meeting he chaired here, expressed gratitude to the Governor N N Vohra for donating his one month salary in the J&K Chief Minister’s Flood Relief fund.
Omar also announced Rs 1 lakh donation out of his salary to the flood relief fund and appealed to the MPs and legislators of the state to donate as much as they could for the flood affected families. He said MPs and legislators could also earmark funds out of their MPLADS and CDF for the restoration of flood hit infrastructure and other works. He requested them to make philanthropic initiative in this regard.
The Chief Minister in his appeal to the government employees, ...|
|Vohra reviews flood relief work|
|SRINAGAR, Sept 18: The GOC XV Corps Lieutenant General Subrata Saha briefed Governor N N Vohra in a meeting this afternoon about the rescue and relief measures so far taken by the army on its own, and with IAF’s support, to meet the enormous challenge posed by the flood disaster in J&K.
Thereafter, along with Lieutenant General Saha, the Governor undertook an aerial reconnaissance of the entire town and surrounding areas. The Governor had undertaken a similar survey last week. The Governor is receiving daily reports about the relief measures currently underway.
In the meanwhile, the Secretary National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Satya Mohanty called on Governor N N Vohra here at the Raj Bhawan today.
Mohanty briefed the Governor about the ongoing rescue and relief operations w...|
|10th, 12th class exams postponed|
|SRINAGAR, Sept 18: Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education on Thursday in the wake of situation caused by the dreaded floods in the Valley, decided to postpone all the examinations of 10th and 12th classes till further orders.
According to Board sources, these examinations included the practicals also.
They added the new schedule would be announced after the situation caused by devastating flood was reviewed....|
|Chaos in relief work as stocks ‘run out’|
|SRINAGAR, Sep 7: Chaos and confusion have hit relief distribution in flood-ravaged Kashmir as some survivors of the natural calamity from the summer capital of the state are running from pillar to post to get food grains but to no avail.
Officials at various relief camps refer the flood-victims to the nearest police stations to get the food grains – mostly rice is in demand – but the police officials say they do not have stocks to distribute.
Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Padshahi Bagh in Srinagar, approached the Saddar police station with an application for release of food grains for his locality. The application was addressed to the Relief Officer incharge of the concerned area who had marked it to Saddar police station.
"The police officers are telling us now to go to Sheikhpura in B...|