STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra made an unscheduled visit on Sunday morning to the State Flood Control Room, located at Hari Niwas Srinagar, and attended the proceedings of the extensive meeting taken by Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to review preparedness of the Divisional Administration to evacuate the affected residents if the Jhelum crosses the high flood level.
The meeting reviewed every aspect of preparedness of the relief centres, being established all over the city, to receive and look after the affected population which would be shifted to these centres as soon as the Jhelum river level crosses a given level.
Governor is keeping constant touch with the key functionaries and has directed that Situation Reports should be sent to him thrice a day till the present situation eases. Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the officers to be alert and gear their men and machinery to meet any situation in the wake of inclement weather conditions across the Valley.
The Divisional Commissioner issued these directions while reviewing the arrangements and preparedness plan made by various departments to deal with any flood-like situation.
The meeting was informed that PHE Department has deployed 28 water tankers at relief centres, while the Srinagar Municipal Corporation has installed 23 de-watering pumps apart from 80 de-watering pumps already operational in various areas of the city.
It was given out that 133 boats have already been deployed at various flood-prone areas while as 14 boats and 30 Shikaras have been kept as standby arrangements. Apart from this, eight rescue boats are in a ready position at Dal Lake and Jhelum besides a contingent of 20 volunteers for rescue efforts when needed, the meeting was told.
The Divisional Commissioner directed SMC to make available dewatering pumps at all flood-prone areas. He asked the officers of SMC to make available mobile toilets at campsites early. He impressed upon the concerned department to deploy water tankers at remaining relief centres immediately.
Khan issued directions to the officers of Health Department for stocking of adequate medicines particularly chlorine tablets at each relief centre.
Emphasising upon the officers for strengthening the embankments of river Jhelum, the Divisional Commissioner asked DC Srinagar to set up a team for monitoring the relief and rescue related arrangements being put in place by the administration.
He also directed to the authorities of Red Cross to keep available drinking water bottles and adequate quantity of other eatables at every relief centre.
Calling for close coordination between line departments, the Divisional Commissioner asked the officers to work in synergy to deal with any situation effectively at the time of any emergency.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, VC LAWDA, Director Tourism, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Chief Engineer Public Health Engineering, Commissioner SMC, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Joint Director Information Department Kashmir, Deputy Director FCS&CA, Deputy Director Estates, Superintending Engineers of R&B & PDD, Assistant Director Information Department, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.
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