Jammu Region Not On Govt Radar For Relief

29 September 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: The Jammu region, which has suffered huge loss of life and property with around 90 per cent villages affected by the floods, has not featured on the radar of the Centre and the state government in terms of assistance as it should have been. So far, only 1,519.03 quintals of ration has been distributed in the region and the relief operation seems to be non-functional as the administration has reportedly adopted a non-serious attitude. As many as 3,153 of the 3,729 villages in the mountainous region have been affected in the worst ever floods in the state. Government assistance has not reached the victims yet. Jammu district is the worst affected in terms of infrastructure with 817 villages hit by the floods and around 3,06,000 people affected. Rajouri district has recorded 93 deaths with several still missing. The districts of Poonch, Reasi and Udhampur have been severely hit. Heavy rain has disrupted life in Samba, Kathua, Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar districts as well. Saddal village in Udhampur district has been completely buried under debris after a landslide. Official data has put total loss of life in the Jammu region during floods at 196 with 19 still missing and 156 injured. The death toll is 35 in Udhampur district, 27 in Poonch, 20 in Reasi, 10 in Jammu, six in Kishtwar, three in Kathua and one each in Doda and Ramban. The administration in all 10 districts has not prepared detailed assessment reports of losses due to floods, which is hampering preparation of the final report to be submitted to the government for a detailed relief and rehabilitation package. Thousands of trucks carrying relief material from outside Jammu and Kashmir have been brought to the state, but the administration has distributed only 1,519.03 quintals of ration in the Jammu region till September 24. Ration has not been distributed in Poonch, Samba, Kathua, Doda and Kishtwar districts. A meagre quantity of ration has been distributed in other districts with 122.58 quintals in Jammu district, 272.85 quintals in Udhampur, 769.45 quintals in Reasi and 354.15 quintals in Ramban. Ration has been distributed in 28 small trucks in Rajouri district. Other relief material which has been distributed in the Jammu region includes tents and blankets. A total of 1,290 tents and 13,645 blankets have been distributed in the region. Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and are in dire need of relief material. Jammu district worst hit: Jammu district worst affected in terms of damage to infrastructure with 817 villages hit by floods and around 3,06,000 people affected. Official data puts total loss of life in Jammu during floods at 196 with Rajouri district recording 93 deaths. As many as 3,153 villages in the Jammu region affected; Saddal village in Udhampur district buried under debris after landslide. Ration not distributed in Poonch, Samba, Kathua, Doda and Kishtwar districts even though relief material has been brought in thousands of trucks.