Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on visit to Jammu and Kashmir in wake of fatal floods has shared the pain and anguish of the people, as he was briefed in Jammu and in Srinagar by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior officials of the State Government about the damage caused by the floods.
The briefings gave an overview of the extensive damage caused to life and property and the disruption to normal life. Thousands of villages have been affected.
Saturday evening, the Prime Minister was briefed by the Home Minister about the extent of damage caused by the floods in J&K and the suffering that the people were undergoing.
Modi observed that the Rs 1100 crores being made available to the state government through the State Disaster Relief Fund, would not prove adequate in view of the magnitude of the tragedy. He said an additional special project assistance of Rs 1,000 crore will be made available by the Union Government to the State for flood relief and rehabilitation.
He added that more assistance would be provided, if required, after a proper survey of the situation had been made. Rs 2,00,000 will be provided to the next of kin of each person whose life has been lost in this calamity and Rs 50,000/- would be provided to each person who is grievously injured. This would be provided from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
To meet the immediate need of providing shelter to those who have lost their homes, the Central Government will provide 5,000 tents from the Armed Forces and the Central Paramilitary Forces. These will be moved from Monday onwards to various locations in the state. Rs 5 crores will be provided from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to purchase 1,00,000 blankets to the needy in this cold weather. In order to supplement food supply to children, the Central Government will airlift 50 tons of milk powder. One consignment of essential medicines is being airlifted Sunday evening to meet the emergency needs. More will be supplied subsequently as required. Teams of the Department of Telecom have been directed to restore telecommunication links in the fastest possible manner to the affected areas. Army engineers are working to repair damaged bridges. Boats have been requisitioned from Gujarat and Maharashtra. 2000 solar lamps will be provided to help those where power supply has been lost.
The Prime Minister called upon other States to also pitch in with relief assistance in whatever way they could. The Prime Minister said planes bringing relief material to the state would airlift stranded tourists on the way back. The Prime Minister appreciated the rescue and relief work being done by the Armed Forces and NDRF personnel working in close coordination.