Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces Rs.1,000 crore aid for flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir as death toll rises to 160

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JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a special assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for the flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir besides a Rs 2 lakh compensation from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

Modi, who took an aerial view of the flood-affected Jammu and Srinagar regions, said the current crisis was a “national level disaster”.

He assured the people of the state that they were not alone in this crisis.

“I would like to assure the people of the state that it is not their crisis alone. It is a crisis for the whole country,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also offered to extend all possible help to the flood-affected people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

“India will never hesitate from doing work of humanity,” Modi said, adding the government was prepared to help the people of Pakistan-administered Kashmir in every capacity.

Flood fury on Sunday maintained its grip over Jammu and Kashmir, leaving 138 dead and many marooned as the swirling waters inundated the Army cantonment, civil secretariat and the high Court in Srinagar and snapped road and communication links.

12,000 people have been rescued from various areas of Jammu by teams of Army and IAF till now with 184 columns (75-100 personnel each) of troops and 23 helicopters and planes of Air Force carrying out rescue operations.

Modi arrived at the Jammu airport on Sunday, specially to conduct an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged areas of the state.

As the state struggled to deal with the enormity of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the flood situation in Jammu region at a high-level meeting attended by chief minister Omar Abdullah and top officials.

Even as the state witnesses the worst floods in six decades, Abdullah has promised the people of Jammu and Kashmir that help will reach them soon and asked them not to panic.

“This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing the best we can under the circumstances. Please don’t panic, we will reach you, I promise,” he wrote on Twitter.

He said he has asked the cabinet secretary to direct the air force to use helicopters to evacuate people.

“I’ve spoken to the cabinet secretary heading the crisis management team in Delhi to direct air-lifting of boats to Srinagar urgently via NDMA and army,” he said.

He added the evacuation was underway.

“…We are doing our best to reach all asap (as soon as possible). Please stay on the upper floors and wait for help to come,” he said.

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