CM condoles loss of lives in quake

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today condoled the loss of lives in the state caused by the panic after the major earthquake struck and directed the administration to be ready for any relief and rescue operation that may be required.

He also issued instructions for establishing a control room which will collect information from across the state related to loss of life or damage to property, if any, an official spokesman said.

Sayeed, in a message, condoled the loss of precious lives in the state following the earthquake that triggered panic across the state.

He expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He alsoexpressed grief over the huge loss of life in the massive earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Chief Minister directed the respective Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu to keep an eye on the emerging situation and maintain close coordination with the Deputy Commissioners to mobilize immediate rescue and relief, wherever necessary, the spokesman said.

He said Sayeed also directed that all essential services, particularly those related to the health sector, be kept in absolute readiness to cater to any emergency.

The Chief Minister emphasised on ensuring the availability of doctors and paramedical staff at all hospitals and those associated with the two medical colleges of Srinagar and Jammu, as also the tertiary-care hospital, SKIMS Soura.