9/8/2014 3:31:37 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
The death toll in Jammu & Kashmir's swamped districts from swirling waters of Jhelum, Chenab and Tawi and their tributaries rose to 150 with at least 50 more fatalities reported from various districts on Sunday. Numerous people were marooned even as relief efforts intensified with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who surveyed the extent of devastation from air, announcing Rs 1000 crore in aid for the pummeled state, describing its worst floods in 50 years as a national calamity.
"I would like to assure the people of the state that it's not their crisis alone. It's a crisis for the whole country," Modi told reporters in Srinagar. Saying that he shared the anguish of the people, the PM said, "An additional special project assistance of Rs 1,000 crore will be made available by the government to the state for flood relief and rehabilitation. More assistance would be provided if required, after a survey of the situation."
Modi also offered all possible help to Pakistan for carrying out relief operations in flood-ravaged Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in what government officials described as a humanitarian gesture.