"The Ministry of Finance has released installments due in October, 2014 on September 9. This includes Rs 344.10 crore as Special Central Assistance and Rs 174.60 crore as non-plan revenue deficit.

"On September 10, 2014, the finance ministry released Rs 346.59 crore as share in Central Taxes and duties to the government of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). All these installments are released in advance in order to bail-out the state government due to unprecedented situation of flood and Natural Calamity/disaster in the State," the finance ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday also announced a package of relief for those affected by the worst floods in a century, including a Rs 200 crore assistance for Jammu region and the valley and Rs 3.5 lakh for the kin of those who lost their lives in the disaster.

In the worst-ever floods to hit the state in 109 years, over 250 people have lost their lives while more than 1.25 lakh people have been evacuated from the affected areas by the armed forces. Authorities fear that the number of dead could be higher.

Health Ministry sends over 100 tonnes of medicines to J&K

The Health Ministry has sent over 100 tonnes of medicines and other supplies besides teams of doctors and experts to flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

A 20-member clinical team comprising physicians, pediatricians and reproductive health specialists have been deployed in Srinagar, an official statement said, adding that a 10-member team has been there since September 10.

The ministry has set up a control room here to monitor the situation in the state round-the-clock.

Acting on the request of the state government for supply of 23 medicines, the ministry has dispatched five medicines while 13 drugs have been supplied in part and remaining five drugs are being procured on an urgent basis.

An earlier statement from the ministry had put the quantity of medicines sent to the state at 100 tonnes but it later clarified that the figure included "medicines and other supplies".

"Two water purification plants each having a capacity of purifying around 50,000 litres per day and six small water purification units along with operators have been dispatched from Delhi by Air Force," it said.

Over 998500 chlorine tablets too have been sent by Air Force planes.

The ministry said a public health team each in Jammu and Srinagar have been present since September 8 for rapid health assessment and to prevent and control public health exigencies.

Two psycho-social teams for psycho-social need assessment are being sent tomorrow from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, it said.

Indian Red Cross Society has also joined relief efforts by supplying 1082 tents (each to house eight people). In addition, they have sent 750 tarpaulins, 1000 kitchen sets and 2500 blankets, the statement said.

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