Roshan Singh, his wife Sapinder Kaur and two teenage sons are grateful to the Army for evacuating them from their submerged house in Minto Circle colony in flood-hit Srinagar.
The Singh family is among 1,176 people rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from various parts of the Kashmir valley since last night. They were brought in an IAF aircraft that landed at Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport here this afternoon. Three more flights are expected to land soon.
Jammu-based Ghulam Nabi Wani said he had gone to Srinagar a few days ago, but got stuck there due to sudden floods. He said he had a tough time securing two meals a day. Later, he learnt about the IAF rescue operation and boarded a flight to Amritsar.
Another evacuated passenger Shahnaz, a resident of Bijnor in UP, reached the holy city with her four children. She said: “My husband, a tailor by profession, takes up some assignment for a certain period in the valley. This year, I also joined him, but I will never go there again.”
A majority of the survivors said they would go to their relatives living in various parts of the country. They narrated the hardships they had gone through during their stay in the flooded valley. The Punjab Government had arranged lunch for the evacuated persons at the airport. Several buses were pressed into service to drop them at the railway station or the bus stand for their onward journey.
Another 36 persons whose travel expenses were funded by the SGPC also arrived in the city in a SpiceJet flight this evening.
Suneel Dutt, Director, Amritsar airport, said the Centre was sending 400 tonnes of rice to Srinagar through IAF aircraft on their return flight to the valley. He said so far 60 tonnes had been sent and another 100 tonnes had been placed at the cargo terminal.