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Incessant Rains Lash J&K, Police and SDRF Rescue 165 Students in Shopian District

Governor N N Vohra directed the divisional commissioner, Kashmir and all deputy commissioners of Kashmir division to establish control rooms and notify helpline numbers for the information of the public.

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Updated:June 30, 2018, 8:47 AM IST
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Incessant Rains Lash J&K, Police and SDRF Rescue 165 Students in Shopian District
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Srinagar: Police and the SDRF rescued 165 students from a school in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday after they got trapped due to rising water level in Rambiara stream, an official spokesman said.

Governor N N Vohra reviewed the flood preparedness with his advisor B B Vyas and officers from other departments.

Vohra directed the divisional commissioner, Kashmir and all deputy commissioners of Kashmir division to establish control rooms and notify helpline numbers for the information of the public.

"Police with the help of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescued 165 students of Govt Boys School Hirpora, Shopian who were trapped in the deluge because of flood in the river," the spokesman said.

Earlier in the day, on the directions of the governor, a team of officers from the Irrigation and Flood Control Department carried out a safety audit of the embankments of the rivers and Nallahs for any corrective action that may be required to be taken.

The chief engineer of Irrigation and Flood Control Department was directed to deploy teams all along the river embankments to ensure that all the vulnerable spots are treated and the embankments are immediately strengthened wherever required.

The secretary of the department also undertook extensive tour of Sangam area in Anantnag district for assessment of the situation.

The people living along the embankments of river Jhelum and other streams and low lying areas of south Kashmir have been asked to remain vigilant.

All the deputy commissioners have been asked to keep adequate supplies available at rescue and relief shelters and to maintain a close watch on the vulnerable and critical areas.

The deputy commissioners have been advised to ensure that dewatering is started immediately in low lying areas.
| Edited by: Parth Sharma
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