Centre to send 8 more NDRF teams to Kashmir

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Jammu, Mar 30: The Centre would send eight fully equipped NDRF teams to Kashmir to assist the Jammu and Kashmir government in its efforts to safeguard life and property in the wake of the flood situation in the Valley.

"Eight fully equipped NDRF teams will be arriving in Kashmir to assist the state government in its efforts to safeguard life and property of people in the wake of flood situation arisen due to incessant rains that lashed the Valley during past few days," a J&K government spokesman said.

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Two NDRF teams comprising 100 personnel have already been rushed by an IAF plane from Bhatinda in Punjab to Srinagar.

Union Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, who had an hour-long meeting through video conferencing with state Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, assured that the Centre would provided all help necessary in dealing with the situation and eight NDRF teams will be rushed to the state immediately from New Delhi, Patna and other places.

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The Union Cabinet Secretary asked the NDRF to keep necessary equipment and more boats ready should a need arise to send them at a very short notice to the Valley or any other part of the state for rescue operations, the spokesman said.

The NDRF teams will be stationed in South, Central and North Kashmir to assist the local administration in its efforts, he said.

Khandey told Seth that three joint control rooms in South, North and Central Kashmir have been set up and transport facilities arranged for facilitating rapid mobilisation of boats to rescue and evacuate people in case any area gets flooded.

"We are ready and fully geared up to meet any eventuality," the state chief secretary said.

No breach in Jhelum or the flood spill channel has been reported so far and the administration has kept ready sand bags to raise and fortify embankments, Khandey informed Seth.

PTI

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