Shelling triggers mass migration from border belts
The heavy shelling from across the border has triggered mass migration in the border belts of Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura and Arnia sectors, the worst hit in Pak shelling which started right since early morning today, sources informed.
Sources informed that in view of the mounting number of injured and "continuous heavy shelling by Pakistan", the government, while showing urgency, has virtually declared "health emergency" in the border belts cancelling the leaves of all the medicos.
All the SDMs, Block Medical Officers (BMOs) and Director Health Services, Jammu, have been directed to remain in regular touch and work in close coordination with the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu, to meet any eventuality, sources informed.
DC Samba, Sheetal Nanda said that large number of people from border belts of Samba and Ramgarh sectors have been moving to safer places after heavy shelling by Pakistan which started in the wee hours today.
"This number is constantly going up as people from the border areas are still coming out in large numbers and taking shelter in the schools, temples, community halls and at some other places where proper arrangements have been made by the government," Nanda informed.
As per sources around 30 villages in Samba, Ramgarh, Arnia and RS Pura sectors have been vacated by the people after today's heavy shelling by Pakistan. This number is going up as people are still moving out of the villages in Samba, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors, they said.
"The government has also issued advisory in the border belts asking the people to move to safer places where proper arrangements have been made by the government," she added.
Sources informed that border villages of Samba and Ramgarh Sectors like Rangoor, Chamliyal, Nanga, Benglad, Rajpoora, Avtall, Jerda, etc., have witnessed mass migration, while people from other villages are also fleeing to safer places.
DC Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said that as many as 15 villages in Arnia and RS Pura sectors witnessed mass migration after today's heavy shelling.
"11 villages of Arnia sector and 4 villages of Sei, Sucehtgarh, in RS Pura sector witnessed mass migration with over 9000 people migrating to safer places," DC Jammu said.
Meanwhile, sensing urgency, the government has cancelled leaves of all the medicos of District Hospitals, Sub District Hospitals and other health centers of border areas.
"The leaves of all the doctors, paramedicals, and other staff members of District Hospitals, Sub District Hospitals and other health centers of border areas have been cancelled," Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Gurjeet Singh said.
"No further leaves will be entertained, while those who are already on leave, have been directed to report back to their duties," the Director said.
Similarly, the government has also asked the senior doctors of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu, to remain present round the clock to meet any eventuality.
Sources said that a total of 174 schools situated in borders areas have been closed with 45 schools alone in Samba District.