Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades with rivers in the region in spate due to days of incessant rain. Over 200 people have died and thousands are stranded across the state, including Srinagar. The Army, IAF and NDRF are doing a massive round-the-clock rescue and relief operation, with 86 aircrafts and 30,000 troops.
Here are the live updates:
7.12 pm: At all party meet, Omar defends ‘missing’ administration
At an all party meet in Srinagar on Saturday, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah defended his administration, saying allegations that the leadership was missing were untrue.
“The political leadership is not missing. It was on the ground. My own officers were stranded but now they are back and controlling the situation on the ground,” he told the Opposition leaders.
On reports of stone-pelting on army rescuers and choppers, he said misguided elements were pouring into Srinagar from other parts of the state.
“Somebody who is stranded must not have thrown stones,” he said.
He refused to point fingers at specific groups being behind stone-pelting.
Omar also denied that police force was missing. “It’s not true. Law and order is not out of control.”
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti and CPI-M leader Yousuf Tarigami also present.
A 12-point resolution was also passed in the meet, where a comprehensive package was demanded from the Centre. The role of the Army and NDRF was also appreciated.
6.08 pm: Two missing army jawans declared dead
The two army jawans, who were washed away in the floods during rescue operations in Pulwama in south Kashmir on September 7, were declared dead on Saturday. Naik Khem Chandra, 38, of 20 Kumaon Regiment and Rifleman Mir Owaisi Hussain, 24, of 15 Jakli Regiment, had gone missing six days ago. They were part of a team of army personnel, which was on relief and rescue operation in Pampore. Their boat capsized and they got trapped in the strong currents of Jhelum river.
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