Panic in Srinagar, admin sets up helplines
SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra on Friday directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and all Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir division, to establish Control Rooms and notify helpline numbers for the information of the general public.
An official spokesperson said earlier in the day, on the directions of the Governor, a team of officers from the Irrigation and Flood Control Department carried out a safety audit of the embankments of the rivers and Nallahs for any corrective action that may be required to be taken. Chief Engineer I&FCD Kashmir was directed to deploy teams all along the river embankments to ensure that all the vulnerable spots are treated and the embankments are immediately strengthened wherever required.
Secretary Irrigation and Flood Control also undertook extensive tour of Sangam area for assessment of the situation.
The people living along the embankments of River Jhelum/Nallahs and low lying areas of south Kashmir have been asked to remain vigilant.
All Deputy Commissioners have been asked to keep adequate supplies available at rescue/relief shelters and to maintain a close watch on the vulnerable and critical areas. Commissioner SMC and Deputy Commissioners have been advised to ensure that dewatering is started immediately in low lying areas.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar has also visited Lasjan to address issues relating to strengthening of river embankments.
Meanwhile, police has set up helplines in Anantnag and Kulgam districts for the general public to provide any assistance required in view of the incessant rainfall at these Districts.
The general public is advised to contact help line Anantnag on 9596777669 and 9419051940 and help line Kulgam on 01931260486, 7051510660 in case of any assistance required.
The help lines shall function round-the-clock to tackle the situation arising from the inclement weather situation prevalent in these districts.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police with the help SDRF rescued 165 students of Govt Boys School Hirpora, Shopian who were trapped in the deluge because of flood in river. Six persons trapped in river Tawi because of flash floods were also rescued by a team of SDRF and Civil Defence in Jammu.
Meanwhile, Incessant rain on Friday created panic in Srinagar and the district administration set up a helpline for affected people. The rains continued since Thursday evening and left many areas in Srinagar waterlogged.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Rashid Shah said that a helpline has been set up and asked people to contact the district administration on #7051112345, #9419042342 if the need arises.
Reports said that the gushing water of the Vaishnaw nallah following heavy rains since last night washed away many water-diversions in Kulgam district.
These diversions were constructed following washing away of many bridges during the 2014 floods.
The Srinagar Municipal Corporation has put its men and machinery at work to drain out waterlogged areas in Srinagar city. Besides sucker machines and mobile pumps, the entire sanitation staff had been pressed into service since early morning.
De-watering exercise was carried out on Friday in inundated areas including Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Jehangir Chowk, Rajbagh, and Jawahar Nagar.