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200 people from State stranded, no casualty

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GUWAHATI, Sept 11 � So far no casualty of any person from Assam has been reported from the flood- ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. However, evacuation of all the stranded persons will take some time, said Additional Director General of Police, R Chandranathan, who is camping in Jammu to monitor the evacuation of the people of the State from the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to The Assam Tribune from Jammu, Chandranathan said that according to reports gathered so far, around 200 persons from Assam, including around 70 security personnel, were in Jammu and Kashmir when floods ravaged the State cutting off all channels of communication. He said that till now, no casualty of any person from Assam has been reported, but the evacuation process would take some time as lakhs of people are still stranded. Around 120 persons from Assam could be located and efforts are on to locate the others.

Chandranathan admitted that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is still bad and road communication to Srinagar and other parts has been snapped. He revealed that he is in touch with the Army, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the State administration, and efforts are on to prepare the complete list of people of Assam, who are stranded in the flood-hit State. A group of 14 persons from Karbi Anglong are in the Raj Bhawan and they would be evacuated soon, he added.

The Assam Police officer revealed that the evacuation process is slow because only one helipad is functioning in Srinagar and the stranded tourists are airlifted to Jammu. It would take at least around 72 hours to airlift the stranded tourists, he said. The rescued persons are given numbers and they would get a chance to be airlifted only when their turn comes. That is why, it may take some time to complete the process of evacuation. Moreover, the snapping of the phone lines has also complicated the situation, he added.

Meanwhile, State Home Commissioner GD Tripathi said that till this evening around 120 persons from Assam could be contacted and �we are yet to get any report of any casualty from any person from Assam. That is why we are hoping for the best,� he added.

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200 people from State stranded, no casualty

GUWAHATI, Sept 11 � So far no casualty of any person from Assam has been reported from the flood- ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. However, evacuation of all the stranded persons will take some time, said Additional Director General of Police, R Chandranathan, who is camping in Jammu to monitor the evacuation of the people of the State from the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to The Assam Tribune from Jammu, Chandranathan said that according to reports gathered so far, around 200 persons from Assam, including around 70 security personnel, were in Jammu and Kashmir when floods ravaged the State cutting off all channels of communication. He said that till now, no casualty of any person from Assam has been reported, but the evacuation process would take some time as lakhs of people are still stranded. Around 120 persons from Assam could be located and efforts are on to locate the others.

Chandranathan admitted that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is still bad and road communication to Srinagar and other parts has been snapped. He revealed that he is in touch with the Army, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the State administration, and efforts are on to prepare the complete list of people of Assam, who are stranded in the flood-hit State. A group of 14 persons from Karbi Anglong are in the Raj Bhawan and they would be evacuated soon, he added.

The Assam Police officer revealed that the evacuation process is slow because only one helipad is functioning in Srinagar and the stranded tourists are airlifted to Jammu. It would take at least around 72 hours to airlift the stranded tourists, he said. The rescued persons are given numbers and they would get a chance to be airlifted only when their turn comes. That is why, it may take some time to complete the process of evacuation. Moreover, the snapping of the phone lines has also complicated the situation, he added.

Meanwhile, State Home Commissioner GD Tripathi said that till this evening around 120 persons from Assam could be contacted and �we are yet to get any report of any casualty from any person from Assam. That is why we are hoping for the best,� he added.