Jammu And Kashmir Suffered Losses Of Rs 1 Trillion In Floods

29 September 2014
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said the State suffered losses of Rs 1 trillion in the floods and 12.5 lakh families were affected. 'Jammu and Kashmir has suffered losses of Rs 1 trillion in the floods. According to preliminary estimates, the housing sector suffered losses over Rs 30,000 crore while business sector incurred losses worth over Rs 70,000 crores,' J&K Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday said while addressing a press conference here. Maintaining that State had never witnessed such a disaster before, he said this (flood) was not a disaster of national but international ramifications. 'The State has never recorded such flood level in the past'. He said as per the initial assessment reports on the damages to the private property, a total of 353864 structures have been damaged. '83044 pucca houses have been fully damaged and 96089 partially. Similarly, 21162 kachha houses were fully damaged and 54264 partially damaged besides 99305 huts, cowsheds, were also damaged'. Khanday said 12.5 Lakh families were affected by flood across the State. '281 lives have been lost due to floods in the State. 196 people lost their lives in Jammu province and 85 in Kashmir,' he said adding 29 persons are still missing. Many areas in Srinagar including posh localities of Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar and Indira Nagar are still under water and flood water has not been drained out completely in last 22 days. Khanday said 5642 villages were affected by the flood across the State with 2489 in Kashmir and 3153 in Jammu division. 'Atleast 800 villages remained submerged for over two weeks'. Referring to the damage caused to roads and bridges, Chief Secretary said, 'Over 550 bridges-culverts were damaged. Besides, 6000 km road network was also damaged by the flood water'. On disposal of carcasses of livestock, he said, 'Over 1500 carcasses have been removed from Srinagar only and scientifically disposed off. Besides, hundreds of tons of garbage is being removed from the city on daily basis'. Asked whether there was any outbreak of any disease in the flood-hit areas,' Khanday said, 'No outbreak of any disease has been reported from anywhere in the State.' 'The situation is being constantly monitored and 7 lakh children in the age group of 6 months to 15 years have been vaccinated'.