Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Bihar along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. So far about 418 people have died and about 1.67 crore people have been in 19 districts have been affected by the floods.
The Prime Minister announced Rs 500 crore as immediate relief for the state. He also announced ₹ 2 lakh each to the kin of those who died in the deluge as compensation.
“After the review, the prime minister promised all possible support to the Bihar government, the PMO said in a statement.
The decisions came after the prime minister held a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and senior officials of the state government, following his aerial survey.
The PM made the aerial survey of four affected districts–Purnea, Katihar, Kisanganj and Araria. The chief minister and his deputy accompanied the PM, official sources said.
The PM also said a central team would be sent to the state soon to assess the damage caused by the floods, the PMO said.
PM Modi was told that though 19 districts were affected by floods, damage in 13 districts including Purnea, Katihar, Kisanganj, Araria was due to immense inundation.
In the meeting, the PM was told that an estimated loss of about Rs 27,00 crore had been accrued due to breach of embankments and waterways for irrigation. And around Rs 2,000 crore was estimated to have been spent in distribution of relief among marooned population of the state.
The Prime Minister announced Rs 2 lakh as ex-gratia from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for each of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured, the PMO said.
He also referred to his recent talks with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba during which it was decided that a detailed project report would be prepared at the earliest on the Saptkoshi Dam and Sunkoshi Storage-cum-Diversion scheme. Both nations would also work on flood control in the border areas, which will benefit the region, it added. The PM assured the state government that the Centre would provide all help to compensate the loss due to floods, the sources said.
(With inputs from PTI)