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Kishtwar cloudburst: Senior officers trek long distance to supervise rescue operation

Jammu: Braving incessant rains and difficult terrain, two senior officers trekked 17 kilometres to supervise the rescue and relief operation in the cloudburst-hit Honzar village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district, an official spokesman said on Friday.

Additional Director General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh and Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Raghav Langer personally supervised the rescue and relief operation in the remote village of Dacchan tehsil during their two-day visit to the area, the spokesman said.

He said the officers trekked on foot for a total of 34 kms (both sides) to get first-hand information amid difficult terrain and continuous rainfall.

Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Ashok Kumar Sharma, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range Uday Bhaskar Billa, SSP Kishtwar Shafqat Hussain Butt and other officers, they supervised and monitored the rescue operation being conducted by the teams of SDRF, NDRF, police, military, district administration and locals, the spokesman said.

He said the divisional commissioner and ADGP conducted on-site inspection of devastation caused by flash floods which were triggered by excessive rains and a cloudburst.

During the visit, the spokesman said, Langer and ADGP met with the villagers and victims and also inquired about the operation being conducted by the rescue teams.

The locals demanded the constitution of a rehabilitation committee to facilitate the provision of relief and rehabilitation of the affected people in an efficient and transparent manner, the spokesman said.

He said the locals also demanded government jobs to the next of kin of the deceased on immediate basis besides restoration of essential services like electricity, water supply and other relief measures.

The visiting officers listened to their grievances and assured them that the government is at their doorstep to provide each and every possible relief in these tough times, the spokesman said.

The divisional commissioner also assured them that directions have been issued to the officers concerned for making all provisions for restoring normal life in the area.

He directed Sub Divisional Magistrate, Marwah to expedite the process of disbursement of compensation as per SDRF norms as already announced by government to be extended into the accounts of the victims on immediate basis.

He also directed the heads of all departments concerned to assess the damage to livestock for necessary actions, the spokesman said.

Enroute, the divisional commissioner also met with delegations at Suid, Sounder and Hanzer and listened to their demands, he said.


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