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PM terms J&K flood as ‘national disaster’

narendramodi announcement jammu floodsAgencies, New Delhi
Terming flood in Jammu and Kashmir as a “national disaster”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced an additional financial package of Rs 1,000 crore for flood relief and rehabilitation in the state.
Mr Modi, who left for Jammu and Kasmir this morning to review the situation in the flood-ravished areas, said this is a national level disaster.

Assuring the J&K government of all possible assistance, Mr Modi said the Central Government stands shoulder to shoulder with the state government and the people in this hour of crisis.

He observed that the Rs 1,100 crore, being made available to the state government through the State Disaster Relief Fund, would not prove adequate in view of the magnitude of the tragedy.

“An additional special project assistance of Rs 1,000 crore will be made available by the Union Government to the State for flood relief and rehabilitation,” the Prime Minister announced.

He added that more assistance would be provided, if required, after a proper survey of the situation had been made.
He also expressed his anguish at the loss that has been caused in neighbouring areas in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Mr Modi offered all possible assistance to the people of the region, saying India is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to those areas if the Pakistan government needs it.

The Prime Minister called upon other States to also pitch in with relief assistance in whatever way they could.
While appreciating the rescue and relief work being done by the Armed Forces and National Disaster Response Force personnel, Mr Modi said planes bringing

relief material to the state would airlift stranded tourists on the way back.

He announced Rs two lakh each for the kin of those killed in this calamity, whereas Rs 50,000 would be provided to each person who is grievously injured. This would be provided from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

According to an official release, teams of the Department of Telecom (DoT) have been directed to restore telecommunication links in the fastest possible manner to the affected areas.

Army engineers are working to repair damaged bridges. Boats have been requisitioned from Gujarat and Maharashtra.
To meet the immediate need of providing shelter to those who have lost their homes, the Central Government will provide 5,000 tents from the Armed Forces and the Central Paramilitary Forces.

Five crore rupees will be provided from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to purchase 1 Lakh blankets to the needy in this cold weather.

To supplement food supply to children, the Central Government will airlift 50 tonnes of milk powder. As many as 2,000 solar lamps will be provided.

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