Indian Army has deployed (rpt deployed) jets, choppers and boats to rescue more than 82,000 people so far after a week of rain caused riverbanks to burst.

"While the Army has been on the forefront, we have been operating in the background. We have ensured that their operations are not affected because of lack of fuel. Our fuel bunker at Srinagar airport, from where rescue air sorties are taking place, has been being stocked with enough aviation fuel," IOC Chairman B Ashok told PTI here.

Besides rescue operations by the Army, the airport is also operating civilian flights normally as IOC continues to provide them with jet fuel.

To replenish stocks, ATF is being airlifted with the help of Indian Air Force from Ambala as truck movements are hampered due to flood waters cutting off roads links, he said.

Besides ATF, two truckloads of diesel too has been airlifted to the valley yesterday and a similar number is being moved today to provide fuel to power gensets and other communication equipment which are down due to the floods.

"We are also moving products - petrol, diesel, LPG (cooking gas) and kerosene from Leh and Kargil... 400 trucks filled with fuel are waiting to enter the valley as and when an alternate road route is opened," he said.

While fuel availability is not a problem, dispensing could be, as more than half of the 78 petrol pumps in Srinagar are marooned and the extent of damage caused by floods is not clear.

"As many as 30 pumps are dry and can operate as and when road route opens up and fuel tankers enter Srinagar. Our LPG depot is fine and is stocked with supplies," he said.

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