Rescue boats flown in to Srinagar, put into service in worst affected areas: Omar

Srinagar: The boats that were flown in from Delhi have been pushed into rescue service in parts of Srinagar city that were ‘worst affected’ by the flood waters, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here. He had said this morning that 20 boats were arriving from Delhi.

He tweeted this afternoon that the boats were launched in areas of “Indranagar, Shivpura, Rajbagh”. He said that the boats have begun rescuing people and the operations will continue as long as they are needed. Moreover, he said 50 more boats are on the way and will be put into service as soon as they arrive.

Around 25 boats were also flown into Awantipora air base for rescue operations in South Kashmir. Omar said the boats were being sent to the affected areas.

Moreover, the State Government has also asked Air Force to begin air rescue operations in Srinagar. The move was also endorsed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the State this morning.

Pertinently, parts of Srinagar city witnessed chaos and confusion since midnight when water overflowed from river Jhelum and entered the residential areas around it, someone them being deeply submerged. The lack of rescue boats created panic among the people stuck in the areas. However, the Chief Minister had promised that the rescue teams will reach people and that they did not need to panic. “This is an unprecedented situation & we are doing the best we can under the circumstances,” he had said.