Jammu, Mar 27: 300 people have died and 25 suffered injuries in floods that battered the state last September, the Jammu and Kashmir government today said. In a written reply to the question of NC member Shehnaz Ganai in Legislative Council, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Basharat Bukhari said that due to floods of 2014 in the state 300 people have died and 25 persons injured.
He further said that apart from damage caused to 26,1361 structures, farm sector of 3.27 lakh hectares of agricultural land and 3.96 lakh hectares of horticulture land also suffered damage. Under public sector, 6,910 kms of road length, 559 bridges, 3,063 PHE schemes, 6,423 irrigation works and schemes, 4,202 sub-stations, 11,671 kms of electric conductors, besides 6,466 other buildings suffered damages.
The government is contemplating to get the disaster management plan for whole state approved by the disaster management authority and in future all the disasters including floods be effectively dealt as per the state disaster management plan. The World Bank has agreed to fund USD 25 million for capacity building, setting up of emergency operating system and strengthening of state disaster management authority.
The government also said that over 2.60 lakh houses and 75,000 business establishments have been damaged in the floods. As many as 2,61,361 houses have been damaged during September 2014 floods in the state, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Basharat Bukhari said in a written reply to the question of NC member Bashir Ahmed Veeri in Legislative Council today.
Apart from this 75,000 business establishment have also got damaged in the floods, he said. The government has put damaged houses under two categories for grant of relief, he said, adding the verification of assessment of loss is in progress. So far damage and loss in respect of 35,569 business establishments has been assessed, he said adding the figures of such establishment with loss suffered will be available on completion of verification.
No relief has been paid to the business establishments and as when the funds are approved by the Union government for special package, the payment shall be made to the owners of these establishments. In Anantnag district a total number of 14,489 houses have been damaged, he said, adding, an amount of Rs 16.30 cr has been disbursed by the government in Bijbehara, Anantnag and Homeshallibugh constituencies.