Flood-hit states of Bihar, Rajasthan, Utar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh have been promised complete support from the Centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi tweeted on Monday to assure the states of Centre’s support in rescue and relief operations.
“Centre assures total support in the rescue & relief operations. I hope the situation in the affected areas normalises at the earliest,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
PM Modi said that Home Minister Rajnath Singh was closely monitoring the situation and had spoken to chief ministers of UP, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to take stock of the situation.
All the five states face a massive challenge as the situation in terms of relief remained grim.
The state chief ministers briefed Singh about the operations that were being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Forces in the affected areas.
“I assured the Chief Ministers of full cooperation from the Centre in the flood mitigation drive launched by the states,” an official statement said.
To make matters worse, river Ganga crossed the danger mark in West Bengal on Sunday. In neighbouring Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the Yamuna too has created a flood-like situation.
In Bihar, the Ganga was flowing above danger mark at six places in various parts of Patna, Bhagalpur, Munger and Buxar districts in Bihar.
The Nitish administration in Bihar has made arrangements for more than 15,000 evacuated people in 82 relief camps.
“The water level of Ganga has increased due to release of water from Indrapuri barrage and other rivers merging into Ganga…16 flood rescue teams of NDRF are deployed in Bihar in connection with flood like situation….Besides, a huge volume of water has been released from Bansagar dam and it is expected that water level, which has reduced, will once again rise by tonight or tomorrow morning,” said CM Nitish Kumar.
The chief minister held Farakka dam responsible for slow discharge of water from Ganga which has become shallow due to heavy siltation, which causes flood water to spread to other areas.
In Rajasthan, torrential rains triggered by the South West monsoons have created flood-like situation in four districts of Rajasthan where six persons have been killed and over 70 airlifted from their flooded homes.
Army, NDRF and RAC (Rajasthan Armed Constabulary) have been deployed in the affected areas.
“34 people were airlifted in Baran district yesterday and 38 were airlifted today in Pratapgarh. More airlifting is also likely,” said Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha.