The army in Kashmir has launched a massive rescue mission ‘Sahayta’ to evacuate people from flood-affected areas to safer places, defense sources said.
A large number of people have already been taken to safety and nonstop effort is being made to extricate people caught in critical conditions.
More than 50 columns across the valley have been launched along with engineer boats. Their teams have rescued so far more than 1500 people.
Due to unprecedented rainfall there has been heavy flood in the low lying areas spanning the Jhelum and other rivers in Kashmir Valley.
Pulwama, Islamabad and Kulgam districts in south Kashmir have been the worst hit due to the disaster.
The army claimed that its personnel rescued approximately 400 people from Bemina, Panderthan and Lasjan.
Approximately 300 civilians have been evacuated from areas around Sopore and Pattan.
The army also claimed to rescue 800 people from the area of Pampore, Kakpora, Khanabal, Islamabad and Kulgam.
Meanwhile, amidst government and Army claims, Kashmir Life is receiving phone calls from dozens of villages alleging that nobody is coming to their rescue. These villages belong to the far flung areas of district Islamabad, Kulgam, Islamabad and Shopian. They alleged that the people are without drinking water, food grains and essential drugs.