"All relief and rehabilitation measures are being carried out on war footing to save the people from further loss besides vital services like power supply and road connectivity are being restored", he added. He, however, maintained that a comprehensive loss assessment is being carried out by the concerned authorities.
Divisional Commissioner said that about 153 deaths were reported across Jammu division and efforts were on to trace the dead bodies of landslide victims in Panchari in Udhampur district and bus accident in Nowshera area of Rajouri district.
As many as, 20,000 houses have been partially or completely damaged while about 2,500 livestock have been perished, he said.
Divisional Commissioner said that about 75 tonne food items have been sent to Kashmir besides the men and machinery in District Police Lines have been mobilized to deal with the situation.
IGP Jammu, Rajesh Kumar said that strenuous efforts are on to restore the road links within a week while National Highway has been restored for light motor vehicles.
He said that manpower in the police has been mobilized to assist relief and rehabilitation process and all the control rooms are functional round the clock for providing information to the people.
Home Secretary reviews flood rescue, relief work
Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami reviewed rescue and relief efforts in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of allegations of tardy pace of salvage operations.
The Home Secretary, who arrived to coordinate relief and rescue work following a directive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took stock of the situation at a meeting held at the airport with state government officials, representatives of Army, Air Force and NDRF engaged in rescue and relief operations.
Goswami, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, also gave directions on how to reach out to the maximum number of flood-affected people at the shortest possible time, rescue those who are still stranded at various places and provide food, water and other essential commodities to the needy, sources said.
The Home Secretary rushed here a day after Modi directed that total support be provided to the state government to deal with the natural calamity.
Chairing a high-level emergency meeting to review relief operations in the state on Wednesday, Modi had emphasized that immediate attention be given to providing basic necessities like food and water to the people severely affected by the calamity.
The Prime Minister has directed that top priority be given to provision of essential commodities to affected people in Srinagar town.
Earlier, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Home Secretary arrived after he spoke to the Prime Minister requesting him to send him to oversee the rescue and relief work.
More than a lakh marooned people have been pulled out in a continuing multi-agency mammoth operation even as an estimated five to six lakh people still await help.
"All relief and rehabilitation measures are being carried out on war footing to save the people from further loss besides vital services like power supply and road connectivity are being restored", he added.
He, however, maintained that a comprehensive loss assessment is being carried out by the concerned authorities.