Twenty percent of the water supply has been restored in Kashmir and efforts are being made on war footing to restore communication links, both physical and telecom, in the Valley which is witnessing the worst floods in six decades.

Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered all government employees to report to duty by this evening so that efforts can be ramped up to salvage the situation.

Water supply has been severely affected in half of Kashmir. "Twenty per cent of the water supply has been restored and telecom services have been restored partially. Efforts are on to clear the roads," Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Rohit Kansal said.

He also asserted that all deposits of account holders in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank are safe. Giving an overview of the extent of damage after floods struck the Valley, Kansal said out of the 12 districts of Kashmir, eight were affected either fully or partially affecting 20 lakh people. Four of the districts were cut off.

Military teams continued rescue efforts overnight, evacuating 807 people from Srinagar alone.

A total of 82,000 people have been pulled out in a continuing multi-agency mammoth operation even as an estimated five to six lakh people still waited for help after floods ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

The authorities have set up 150 relief camps where one lakh people have taken shelter. Food and other relief material was also provided for those stranded, officials said, adding that a total of 807 tonne relief material has been dispatched so far.

"The situation has improved quite significantly in all areas of west Srinagar. In Srinagar, the water level has gone down from its peak level by about six feet but there is still substantive flooding in certain areas within the town itself," Lt Gen D S Hooda said.

"In south Kashmir, the water has receded upto Awantipora. So roads are a little better in that area. So there is no crisis. We are still looking at rescue efforts which are going on in Srinagar town and that continues unabated," he said.  
SDM Srinagar Syed Abid Rasheed Shah said the first priority is to rescue the marooned people. It is a collective effort to salvage the situation in which the NDRF has a key role. The floods, which were stated to be the worst in 109 years after rains pummelled the state on September 2, have left nearly 200 dead.

PMO officials contribute day's salary for flood-hit J&K
All officers and staff of the Prime Minister's Office have voluntarily contributed their one day's salary to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The gesture is to express their solidarity with the flood -affected people of J-K, a PMO statement said.

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