Air link to Leh, Ladakh restored
National Disaster Response Force alongwith Medical Team arrives to support rescue operations in Leh Ladakh
Srinagar, August 07- Leh, Ladakh airport has been made functional and flights have already started operating. Repair work on the Srinagar - Ladakh National Highway has also been undertaken by Border Roads Organisation.
Essential supplies that include High Altitude Tents, tarpaulins, blankets, mattresses etc. are being available at Leh, Ladakh.
An 11 member team of Doctors/ Paramedics has arrived at Leh alongwith 45 member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to help in the rescue operations. Adequate supply of medicines has been airlifted to Leh.
The situation is being monitored at the highest level of the Administration. Video conferencing link has been established between NIC Leh, Ladakh and NIC Srinagar, Kashmir through which situation is being monitored on regular basis.
Cloudburst coupled with flash flood that hit Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir during the intervening night of 5th and 6th of August 2010 had affected several villages in Leh Ladakh. Search and rescue operations were immediately started as a result of which hundreds of people have been rescued. Majority of the persons who sustained injuries were given medical treatment and subsequently discharged. Till the last reports 118 people have been confirmed dead.
An amount of Rs. 5.0 crores has been released, out of State Disaster Response Fund for providing ex-gratia in favour of the affected families and for effecting immediate restoration of public utilities.
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has also announced a relief of Rs. 1 lakh each in favour of next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000/- each in favour of those having suffered injuries.
Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah conducted aerial survey of the area to assess the damages. An amount Rs. One crore out of Chief Minister’s fund, has initially been released in favour of next of kin of deceased.