It might not have taken more than a few hours for Bhathinda based NDRF men to reach Srinagar. But from here to south Kashmir’s Bejbehara belt, where it is requird, it was a daunting task because no road is literally exists.
The team led by IGP Kashmir A G Mir and Divisional Commissioner Rohit Kansal had to go to Chadoora and reach Pulwama. From there, it started towards Arwani, the nearest access to the worst affected belt but was stuck for many hours on a culvert. There, they had to use boats to cross over and slightly before the dusk, they have reached the spot.
A police statement issued in this regards reads: “As most of the bridges and culverts have got washed away and all the roads leading to South Kashmir are submerged in water or washed away, the police teams after massive exercise of trans-shipment of equipment/boats have been able to launch NDRF rescue teams in the area in the evening today. Police has been facing severe difficulties to provide all out help to people due to enormous water levels and damages caused to bridges and roads.”
In a separate press note, the police said they rescued about 400 people from villages Rakh Litter, Wachi and Zainapora villages and brought them to safer places.
Right now, 150 families of Kanyari village are being shifted to degree college Sumbal. Police is using the transport of 13-RR.
In Kokernag, 14 families comprising upon 96 family members were rescued at Mati Bidhar, in the jurisdiction of police station Kokernag and have been shifted to safer places.
Police and Army launched a rescue operation at Hygam where water depth was about seven feet. Boats were pressed into the service and about 300 men, women and children were rescued in this rescue operation.
In Handwara, over 20 families from village Check Audoora and Kutlari were also shifted to safer areas by police.