As flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir are trying hard to limp back to normal life, Chief Minister Omar Abdulah on Friday put the official death toll at 22.
Abdullah has asked all, especially MPs, legislators and employees of the state to donate as much as they can for those affected by the floods to the J&K Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.
He laid thrust on intensifying dewatering of submerged areas in Srinagar city. He also approved procurement of high density and heavy discharging dewatering pumps for the purpose. Each pump of this make is capable of dewatering 18,000 to 20,000 liters of water per minute.
The Supreme Court yesterday said the government should ensure that the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir get food, fuel, drinking water and medicines, and that their damaged houses are restored as it concerned their right to life under article 21 of the Constitution.
Public infrastructure like bridges, roads and government buildings worth several thousand crore has been destroyed by the floods while the damage to private property including crops like apple and paddy is estimated to be several times higher.
The hilly state is facing the worst floods in 109 years.