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Rain briefly disrupts relief operations in Kashmir Valley

Mild rainfall occurred in many parts of the Valley this morning, triggering fears about more trouble in the area.

Srinagar | Updated: September 14, 2014 3:40:10 pm
floods-759 Kashmiri flood victims ride a boat in front of a house that collapsed in floodwaters in Srinagar. (Source: AP)

Relief operations in flood-hit Kashmir Valley were briefly hampered this morning because of rain and cloudy weather.

Rain returned to Kashmir after a week of clear weather.

Mild rainfall occurred in many parts of the Valley this morning, triggering fears about more trouble in the area which is already reeling under the devastation caused by incessant rains last week.

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The rainfall started at around 8.30 AM but stopped within an hour.

In view of the rainfall and dense clouds, IAF halted its flights to ferry relief supplies even though emergency operations of transporting medicines were maintained, IAF officials said.

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Normal relief operations by IAF choppers resumed at 11.15 AM, they said.

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SDM, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah said in the morning that inclement weather will create problems as many people are still on the roads and without shelter.

At some places, people are putting up in tents which are not waterproof, he said.

Around 1.5 lakh people are still marooned in many parts of the Valley after the worst floods in the state in a century unleashed a trail of death and destruction.

Air Officer Commanding (AoC), Air Commodore P E Patange informed that air operations were delayed in the state due to bad weather conditions and rains.

“In Jammu, we have some rains and wind, but in Srinagar there is little bad weather which hampers our operations,” he said.

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“But our aircraft are loaded with material and ready to take off. When the weather improves, we will take off,” he said.

IMD Director B P Yadav said, “There was mild rainfall in the morning. But, we have not issued any warning. There would be no heavy rainfall in the State today.”

Eighty-six transport aircraft and helicopters of Indian Air Force and Army Aviation Corps are involved in rescue and relief operations.

So far 1771 sorties have been undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft of the Armed Forces and 2371 tonnes of relief material have been dropped by the Indian Air Force.

Over 1,50,000 persons have been rescued so far by the Army, IAF and NDRF from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged State.

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