In the wake of biggest flood that the state has seen in the last fifty years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Jammu and Kashmir to assess the situation.
Addressing a press conference in Jammu about the floods that has ravaged state, Modi termed it as “great human loss”.
Reiterating his governments claim to deal with situation, Modi said centre is in touch with the state government and teams have already been sent for communication and for restoring electricity lines.
“I sat with officers of army, NDRF. Later on, I also collected information related to Srinagar, but at the moment, priority is relief operation,” said Modi.
Terming the calamity as of national level, Modi said “this tragedy is of national level. It is not just an issue restricted to Jammu and Kashmir.”
“I assure full assistance to the state government. We have resolved to grapple with this issue together. Medicines should be provided and boats should be made available in places which have been affected by water-logging,” he added.
Modi after reaching Jammu met state chief minister Omar Abdullah and other officials. His office said in a tweet that additional forces would be deployed for relief and rescue measures in the Himalayan region.
Talking to media, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “the water level is decreasing in Jammu … while the situation in Kashmir has worsened. In many areas, the ground floors are inundated with flood waters,” Abdullah told reporters.