Rs 225 crore compensation for the flood affected victims:Mufti

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Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday announced the release of Rs. 225 crores to meet the flood-situation created by incessant rains in the state.“I authorise the release of an amount of Rs. 225 crores in favour of Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir and Rs. 10 crores in favour of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and SDRF (State Disaster Relief Fund) for rescue and relief,” Mufti said while making a statement on the flood situation in the state assembly.

He assured the House that there is no need to panic and said that the administration is doing a remarkable job. “While the water levels are above the danger mark, last three hours have indicated that there is certain receding in these levels. Our administration is doing a remarkable job and I want to assure the House that there is no need to panic, understandably as it might be” he said.

“We have focused on the watching, connectivity, and a detailed evacuation plan and boats have been deployed in all parts of the valley,” he added.He further said that shelters were made functional to receive the flood-affected.

“We have set up few joint control rooms one each in South Kashmir, central Kashmir North Kashmir. Each JCR has representation of Civil Administration, Police and the Army. They are working round the clock,” he said.

The Chief Minister further said that an unfortunate event had occurred in Ladan area of Budgam district where 16 people have been trapped under the debris.”We hope and pray that all of them survive, but as of now we are not in a position to confirm either way. The police and administration have reached the spot and we will try our best that all of them survive,” he said.

Mufti also thanked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for sending the NDRF teams to assist in the rescue and relief operations