Srinagar/Jammu: Mammoth multi-agency rescue efforts were underway in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday to rescue lakhs of people trapped in flood-ravaged areas, with IAF choppers and transport aircraft undertaking non-stop sorties overnight to carry men and relief material to submerged parts.
Rescue teams will be today focusing on the inundated city of Srinagar and south Kashmir belt where an estimated four lakh people are believed to be trapped in floods which have claimed nearly 200 lives in the state.
Two more units of Army and NDRF have been airdropped to Pancheri in Udhampur where 30 people are missing after a landslide hit the area.
"Seven bodies and a limb of a person have been so far recovered in Udhampur but the operation to locate those trapped is very difficult," DIG Garib Das said.
However, the situation in the rest of Jammu belt has stabilised and the focus is now on providing relief material on the ground, officials said.
They said a massive rescue and relief operation is on in Kashmir Valley with more helicopters and rescue material including boats pressed into service.
30 sorties of IL-76 and AN 32 have been undertaken to Srinagar overnight to carry men and relief material, boats cutters and other equipment besides huge quantity of medicines and water bottles.
Speaking about the rescue efforts, Army Lt Chetan said, "We are rescuing 10-15 people in every round we make per boat. We make 50-60 rounds per day. We have all equipment to rescue people. We will move out only after rescuing everybody".
Army Chief Gen Dalbir Suhag had said in Delhi yesterday that "Soldiers won't return to barracks until last man is helped."
Army medical officer Jagdish Singh said, "We have set up medical camps and are treating 230-300 people every day.
"We have ambulances and surgeons. District hospitals and NGOs are also working with us," he said.
Lt Gen D S Hooda, General-Officer-Commanding of the Army's Northern Command had said yesterday that the focus will be now on Srinagar.