Jammu (J&K), Due to incessant rains without any respite for the past about 48 hours the Army has launched“OP MEGH RAHAT” in the area of Naoshera, Rajouri, Thanamandi and Poonch districts in coordination with civil district authorities. Inspite of one loss of life, Sepoy Balbir during rescue Operations at Poonch the Army's relentless pursuit to save lives continues in these areas. In Rajouri, Thanmandi and Poonch, Army continues to rescue civilians caught in flash floods or slides. The main artery NH 44 connecting Jammu-Banihal-Srinagar was closed for traffic yesterday due to heavy mud slide which has been opened till Banihal due to consistent efforts of 35 BRTF whose dozer’s and workers continued the work whole night yesterday.
Stretch of 18 km ahead of Ramban is at present being cleared of shooting stones by the BRTF. While towards Rajouri and Poonch, 31 BRTF is leading the road clearance activity 8 km ahead of Bhimber Gali. Continuous dozer efforts and man power have been employed by army to clear areas between Kalai bridge and Sher-e-Kashmir bridge near Poonch which have suffered heavy damages. A bridge near Khanetar Nala in Poonch has been swept away and efforts are on to connect the same.
Extensive work is on in Mandi Saryiah, Kathranka and in two/three stretches near Budhal and Mohor when the report last came in. Army yesterday rescued around 108 civilians from for flung areas of Thanamandi, Poonch, Rajouri, Naoshera, Mohr and Budhal. Army is also providing medical aid in these areas to civilians.
In another initiative Army has provided three Engineer rescue parties to civil authorities at Saujian, Thanamandi and Poonch. Engineer parties with specialised equipment have been also provided at Suran River. A big generator has been provided by Army to DC Poonch for restoring water supply scheme to residents of Poonch town. Two additional rescue columns are in state of readiness to react at short notice in Poonch and Rajouri.
A family of three persons were rescued in Poonch in the morning. In a specific rescue operation 20 civilians were rescued from Dhoks in general area Mohr Budhal. In Gulabgarh Bowl, CIF Uniform force was able to rescue many civilians. Mr Mohd Rafiq was rescued from flash floods and saved. The Army has been able to rescue almost 128 civilians till last report came in from difficult areas of Darshal, Potha, Daraba, Mangana, Darangala, Mandi Nala, Thanamandi and Saujian. Search and rescue operations are in full swing and Army is going all out to save lives of citizens in these areas. A senior officer said, that rescue will continue irrespective of inclement weather and heavy rains. Bad weather and rainfall continues in this area.
In another incident a marriage bus overturned in Darhal nullah five km short of Lam around noon today carrying around 50 persons. The Army has immediately rushed a rescue column with specialist engineer staff, recovery veh, medical van to retrieve individuals almost all of whom are feared dead. The four survivors have already been administered first aid. Rescue ops are on when reports last came in.