Div Com reviews flood relief arrangements

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SRINAGAR: Emphasizing for close coordination between line departments, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan has asked the officers to take all necessary steps to prepare flood relief centres ready for operation.
The Divisional Commissioner issued these directions while reviewing the arrangements and preparedness/plans made by various departments in this behalf at an officers meeting held here at Hari Niwas this evening.
The meeting was informed that 1675 quintals of rice and 700 LPG cylinders have been kept available at flood relief centers set up at various locations of the city.
500 tents have been kept available on these centers besides over 8000 blankets to meet any exigency, the meeting was told.
For de-watering 23 pumps have already been delivered at these sites by SMC while five more high-power de-watering pumps are being made available at water logging prone areas, apart from this, 10 mobile toilets have also been put in place at centers where these facilities were not available, the meeting was further told.
The meeting was informed that doctors and para medical staff has already been deployed on these centres with availability of adequate medicine including 6 lakh tablets of chlorine.
The Divisional Commissioner instructed the officers of line department to make six flood relief centres operational by tomorrow identified by LAWDA.
Directing the authorities of Irrigation and Flood Control Department to strengthen the embankments of river Jhelum and its tributaries especially at Lasjan, the Divisional Commissioner asked them to replace the Sluice gate near army tank Badami Bagh immediately.
State Red Cross was told to issue 100 tents to disaster management department besides making available 1000 mineral water bottles, blankets and eatables on each relief centre.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, VC LAWDA, Director Tourism, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Chief Engineer Public Health Engineering, Commissioner SMC, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Director FCS&CA, Superintending Engineers of R&B & PDD and senior officers of the ine departments were present in the meeting.