Fifty-two Indian Air Force helicopters and transport aircraft have flown 140 sorties and dropped 155 tons of relief materials.
But officials admitted that the situation was scary and there was no contact yet with already remote areas in the Kashmir Valley now made more inaccessible due to all round destruction. Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, remained mostly under water. The overflowing Jhelum took virtually the entire city in its grip, barring the old parts located on higher ground.
Residents said that in some areas two- and three-storey houses had almost gone under water, and that thousands in Srinagar were sheltering on rooftoops hoping and praying for an early rescue. With radio and television services crippled, with most most mobile telephones not functional, and internet connectivity dead, there were no tweets for a change from Chief Minister Omar Abdullah -- and no easy way to get in touch with senior police and civil officials.
"I have never seen anything like this," said Mohammed Ashraf, a long-time Srinagar resident. "This is like hell." Police and the Central Reserve Police Force also joined the rescue efforts, at places transporting the marooned to safer places in their huge trucks. Most of Srinagar's residential and commercial areas have been inundated. Residents and traders scrambled to save whatever they could from the muddy and swirling waters of the Jhelum river. The waters have entered homes, shops, businesses, schools and colleges, hospitals, mosques and army camps. There was a sea of water at Lal Chowk, the city centre. People plied boats on flooded streets to reach higher ground. The only communication tool still up and running was the police wireless system.