Goswami's visit follows directions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the ministry to immediately depute senior officers from Delhi and other states to coordinate the relief operations with the local administration in Srinagar.

Modi chaired a high-level emergency meeting on relief operations in Kashmir and was briefed on the status of operations, especially in Srinagar and the Kashmir valley.Modi emphasised that immediate attention be given to providing basic necessities like food and water to people severely affected by the calamity.

He also stressed the need for a massive effort to ensure basic hygiene and sanitation in the water-logged areas of Srinagar.More than 96,000 people have been rescued so far from various parts of flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir by the armed forces and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).Over four lakh people are still estimated to be marooned in Srinagar.

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.
    
"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 told PTI here.
    
Water supply has been severely affected in half of Kashmir. Kansal said in a bid to step up relief operations, the administration has ordered all state government employees to
report to duty by this evening.
    

‘We had to hijack water’. This remark in exasperation by doctors at a private hospital on day summed up the situation on how people and hospitals were desperate and at their wit's end to get water for daily use in the aftermath of the worst-ever floods in 109 years that has ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.
     
As the floods ironically brought shortage of drinking water because of fear of pollution of water sources, the threat of outbreak of water-borne diseases also loomed large.
     
For the people of Srinagar and other towns in Kashmir Valley, it has been a case of "water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" after the floods unleashed devastation following heavy rains for several days since September 2.
     
Doctors at Ahmed Hospital and Nursing Home narrated their experiences in handling the grim situation where even getting water for ordinary use was an ordeal.
     
"We had to hijack water. We went to the local Water Department. We sent 10 people in our ambulance. They went and hijacked a (water) tank, filled water so that we can keep the hospital clean because no one is there," one doctor, who identified himself as Dr Khan, told NDTV.
     
Elaborating on the problems faced in treating patients, Dr Khan said bedsheets were being torn and sterlised for use in surgeries.
     
Even doctors were sweeping the floors in a bid to keep it clean, he said.
     
"There is nobody. There is no help," he said, adding, "Doctors, nurses are helping...everyone is helping. They are cleaning floors. Everybody is being asked to volunteer. But the thing is that we are short of resources."
     
"Nothing is coming from anywhere. There is nobody, There is no help," he said.
     
Dr Khan said the hospital did not need any financial support but required medicines and injectible pain killers.
     
"We need antibiotics, sterilised sheets for OTs (Operation Theatre. We need sterilised equipment for OTs. We need dialysis fluid. People are dying for lack of dialysis. We don't need any financial support," he said.
     
The problem has been further compounded since patients from government hospitals are also being sent to this hospital, he said.
     
Since there is no electricity supply the hospital is working on two generator sets being operated alternately.
     
Another doctor, who identified himself as Dr Iqbal, said the hospital has a capacity of 25 beds but since Sunday 82 cesarean operations have been conducted.
     
He said of all the dialysis centres in the City the unit at the hospital is the only one that is functional at present.


Government opens bank account to get donation for flood victims

Jammu and Kashmir Government has opened a bank account for receiving donation for flood affected people of the state.
    
Under the title of 'Chief Minister's Flood Relief Fund, J&K', interested people are requested to deposit their donations in any branch of J&K Bank in the following Account No.0110040100001275; IFSC Code JAKAO MOVING, an official statement issues said.

Mobile tower shifted from Kargil to Srinagar to ensure connectivity

In a bid to ensure telephone connectivity in the worst hit Indranagar-Badamibagh-Shivpora areas of Srinagar, Armed Forces have shifted a mobile tower from Kargil belt of Ladakh region to the state's summer capital.
    
A mobile tower of BSNL has been shifted from Kargil to Srinagar to provide mobile communications around Badami Bagh Cantonment (Indranagar-Shivpora), an Army officer said.
    
It is aimed to connect the worst flood hit area in the city to further speed up the communication with people trapped in the area.
    
Telephone booths and generator sets with mobile charging facility are also being airlifted to the affected areas, he said.
    
"Ten PCOs are planned to be set up, 30 generator sets with mobile charging stations are being air lifted from Chandigarh to Srinagar," he said.

 

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