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Ministers take stock of relief arrangements

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BANDIPORA: A team of ministers on Tuesday visited to Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora Districts to take stock of the relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood affected areas.
Teams of ministers comprising Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Forests, Main Altaf Ahmed, Minister for CAPD, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan and Minister of State for Revenue and Rehabilitation, Ajaz Ahmed Khan held detailed review of the rehabilitation and relief measures .
At Baramulla, the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla gave a power point presentation on the rescue and relief measures under taken in the district to provide relief to the flood hit areas.
Legislators Bhasharat Bukhari and Javed Ahmed Dar, besides other officers were also present at the meeting.
The ministers were told that the administration was issuing regular advisories for taking preventive measures, particularly those living in the vicinity of rivers and water bodies. They were informed that community kitchens are being run at all the relief camps set up for the people displaced due to the floods.
The district administration has also taken measures to supply safe drinking water to the people by using chlorine tablets for purification, The Ministers were told.
About the healthcare services, the ministers were told that the District Hospital was functioning round the clock to attend the huge rush of patients.
The ministers asked the district administration to expedite the distribution of relief including the payment of financial assistance to the next of the kin of those who died in the floods and first installment of Rs 75,000 to those whose houses were completely damaged in the floods.
The ministers asked for the distribution of six months free ration to the flood affected immediately.
Meanwhile the departments projected their requirements for the restoration of public utilities and reconstruction of infrastructure damaged in the floods.
The ministers also visited Bandipora and Kupwara Districts and took stock of the situation there.
The ministers also get first hand appraisal of damages caused by floods in several areas in the district.
The DDC, Bandipora told the Ministers that out of 123villages in the district , 53 were affected by the floods due to which 1.96 lakh population were displaced.
He informed that 41000 people have been kept in 87 relief camps and they were being provided free food and other amenities besides health care.
The Higher Education Minister who was heading the team said that government has taken all necessary measures for rehabilitation of flood affected families. He said in this regard the required funds have been already kept at the disposal of concerned Divisional Commissioners for onward disbursement to the effected families through DDCs. He said the district Banipora particularly Sonawari tehsil suffered heavy losses after city due to recent floods and needs immediate attention of the administration.

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