"Seven of the trapped personnel were rescued and evacuated to safety, while efforts are on to save the lives of two other soldiers," the official said.

A boat carrying a team of Army personnel, who were on relief and rescue operation in Pamopore area of Pulwama district, capsized and the personnel were trapped in strong water currents in Jhelum River, the official said.

While 11 personnel managed to come back to safety, nine personnel got trapped, following which two helicopters were pressed into service to airlift the trapped personnel.

However, due to technical difficulties the choppers could not reach the trapped soldiers after which the rescue teams used boats to evacuate the seven soldiers, the official said.

The flood situation in Kashmir was as worse as the Uttarakhand floods last year and Army has mobilised 60 columns for relief and rescue work across the valley, he said.


"Despite facing danger to personal safety, the army personnel are out there to provide relief to the civilian population of Kashmir," he said.

More than 5,000 persons have been rescued and evacuated to safety. "We have set up temporary camps at several places for the displaced persons," he added.

J&K flood: Death toll touches 120; Home Minister takes stock of situation

Fresh flash floods and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir left 68 persons dead on Friday, taking the death toll in the state's worst floods in nearly six decades to 120.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here to take stock of the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh held a meeting with the Chief Minister in the technical area of the airport where both discussed steps to meet the situation arising out of the worst floods in the state in six decades.



Nine Army personnel trapped during rescue operations


Death toll in J&K flood reaches to 120


Rajnath Singh, Jitendra Singh visit affected areas


Army joins rescue operations in states


Over 6,000 people were rescued from flash floods


Army deploys around 7000 personnel in rescue operations


After briefing the Home Minister, Omar himself drove Singh through the Srinagar city which is witnessing heavy rainfall since morning.

Accompanied with Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, the Home Minister is scheduled to conduct an aerial survey in the affected districts before proceeding to Jammu where he will undertake a similar exercise in the flood affected areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts.

The Home Minister is also accompanied by Secretary (Border Management) Snehlata Kumar and Additional Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Jitendra Singh, who hails from the state, would hold talks with senior administrative officials and seek ways for early resumption of yatra to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, which was temporarily suspended in view of the heavy rains.

Army has joined the relief operations as situation turned grim in the state where the deluge has wreaked havoc, damaging roads, dozens of bridges and buildings and crops.

As many as 64 persons have died in the Jammu region in flash floods, house collapses and landslides, state officials said here, while four have lost their lives in Kashmir.

Almost all 10 district in Jammu region are affected. River Jhelum and many other streams were swollen and had inundated most areas in five districts of Kashmir. Three more districts out of 10 in the Valley have also been affected by the flood fury.

Twenty people died in Rajouri in flash floods, landslides and house collapses, SSP Rajouri Mubasir Latifee said, adding that 13 of them perished in house collapse triggered by landslide in Thanamandi belt.

Besides, 25 bodies were recovered from Thursday's bus mishap in which 63 members of a marriage party were washed away in Rajouri district, the SSP said.

In Poonch district, 12 people died taking the total number of deaths in the district to 19, officials said.

In Reasi district, four people died today taking the toll to 10, the officials said, adding one died in Udhampur district and the bodies of two people who were washed out have been recovered from a canal in Jammu.

With this the total number of deaths in the Jammu region has gone up to 78.

Four people were washed away in Kashmir, taking the toll to 10 in the Valley. Three persons were washed away by strong currents in Sukhnaq Nalla in central Kashmir Budgam district while another youth was drowned in Vishnu Nalla in south Kashmir Kulgam district, police said.

As many as 6,000 people were rescued from flash floods in various areas by teams of Army and IAF.

Over 3,000 people from 20 villages have been evacuated from Pargwal and Munawar Tawi belt in view of areas getting inundated by swollen Chenab river in Jammu and one thousand from other districts thereby dislocating and displacing 10,000 people.

Army depolys around 7000 personnel; rescues over 6000 people

Army has deployed around 7000 personnel in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir for undertaking search, rescue and relief operations and have rescued over 6,000 people so far.

Army officials said that despite damage to its own security posts and fencing along the LoC, its troops were providing assistance to the flood-affected people in the state.

"Damage to army posts and security fencing but still Army was reaching out to people in humanitarian crisis situation. Roads are cut off but first responders in the situation are Army garrisons," Army officials said.
The Udhampur-based Northern Command has launched a herculean effort and rescued more than 6,000 people so far.

Army has deployed 85 columns (75-100 personnel each) of troops for search, rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir in a major way and over 2,500 people have been rescued so far.

Of the 85 army columns deployed in the state, the highest number of 60 columns have been deployed in Kashmir valley and 25 such columns in affected areas of Jammu region.

The columns, headed by Junior Commissioner Officers (JCOs) has fanned in most of the affected areas of Kashmir valley, particularly in worst flood Central Kashmir's Srinagar summer capital and South Kashmir.

They are armed with all types of equipments and vehicles to help people in distress in Kashmir valley, which is facing a worst types of floods after many decades.

IAF also pressed its choppers into service and rescued 14 people caught in flash-floods in Jammu district.

Twenty-eight more people were today killed in the worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly six decades and army joined the relief operations as situation turned grim in the state where the deluge has wreaked havoc, damaging roads, dozens of bridges and buildings and crops.

Authorities have sounded high "flood" alert as most of the rivers in the state area are flowing high above the danger mark due to incessant rains since the night of September 2.

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