Army rescues 11,000 people in J&K, 100 columns deployed

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Jammu, Sept 6: As Jammu and Kashmir faced the worst flood in nearly six decades, the Indian Army has launched a major rescue operation and evacuated 11,000 people to safety by deploying 100 columns of troops in flood-hit areas of the state.

[Read: PM Modi to visit Jammu tomorrow to take stock of flood situation]

"A total of 11,000 civilians have been rescued, out of these 2,000 people have been provided food and temporary shelter in Jammu and Kashmir," Defence spokesman S D Goswami said tonight. A total of 100 columns of army, 13 teams of Army engineers have been deployed in the Kashmir and Jammu regions, he said. One army column consists of 75 to 100 troops.

So far, 107 people have lost their lives in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the state. Army has intensified its 'Mission Sahayata' and troops are working tirelessly to rescue people trapped in flooded villages, isolated houses and multi-storied buildings in the inundated areas all over Kashmir, Goswami said. As the number of shelter less people is rising, Army is also providing tented accommodation to hundreds of people, he added.

The major flood rescue operations started on September 2. Later, 'Mission Sahayata' was launched to cover areas of the entire Valley, he said. By September 4, eight major columns were put to service, Col Goswami said adding that over 400 people were taken to safety.

"In addition to these, large number of people were assisted to relocate themselves, many vehicles stuck inside water were recovered and food packets were distributed," he said. By September 5, there were 70 major columns and 12 engineer teams operating in Kashmir and by the night over 5,000 people were rescued.

PTI

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