Chairing a high-level emergency meeting to review relief operations in the state late on Wednesday evening, Modi emphasized that immediate attention be given to providing basic necessities like food and water to people severely affected by the calamity.
    
The Prime Minister directed that top priority be given to provision of essential commodities to affected people in Srinagar town.
    
He also directed the Home Ministry to immediately depute senior officers from Delhi and other states to coordinate the relief operations with local administration in Srinagar, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.
    
Modi said that there is a need for a massive effort to ensure basic hygiene and sanitation in the water-logged areas of Srinagar.

The Prime Minister was informed that the process of restoration of telecommunication links has begun, with about 8000 landlines being activated in Srinagar.



Mobile services have also been partially restored through service provider Aircel.
    
The Prime Minister directed officials to coordinate the relief efforts of voluntary organizations as well.
    
The meeting was attended by Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Misra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretaries of the central ministries and officials from the Defence forces.
    
A total of 76,000 people have been rescued so far by the Armed Forces and NDRF. Arrangements are being made for provision of food, water and essential medicines, the statement said.
    
The Army has deployed more than 30,000 troops in the relief operations while the IAF has pressed 80 aircraft in action including the C-17 transport aircraft along with helicopters.

Modi reviews relief operations in flood-ravaged Kashmir

Narendra Modi has asked the authorities to give top priority to providing food and water to the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir and called for a massive effort to ensure basic hygiene and sanitation in the water-logged areas of Srinagar.

At a high-level emergency meeting on relief operations in the state, Modi was briefed on the status of operations, especially in Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley, said a statement from the Prime Minister Office (PMO).

"The prime minister categorically emphasized that immediate attention be given to providing basic necessities like food and water to people severely affected by the calamity."

The prime minister directed that top priority be given to provision of essential commodities to affected people in Srinagar town," the statement said.

Modi also directed the home ministry to immediately depute senior officers from Delhi and other states to coordinate the relief operations with the local administration in Srinagar.

He emphasized the need for a massive effort to ensure basic hygiene and sanitation in the water-logged areas of Srinagar.

The toll in the worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir in the last six decades Wednesday reached 215.Modi was informed that the process of restoration of telecommunication links has begun, with about 8,000 landlines being activated in Srinagar.

Mobile phone services have also been partially restored through service provider Aircel.

Modi said that in view of the huge magnitude of the calamity, the central government needs to provide full support to the state administration, to comprehensively ramp-up the rescue and relief operations.

Around 77,000 people have been rescued so far by the armed forces and the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF).

Arrangements are being made for provision of food, water and essential medicines, the PMO said.

Modi also called for coordinating the relief efforts of voluntary organizations as well.

The meeting was attended by Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh and several senior officials.

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