Union Home Minister Amit Shah chairs a high-level meeting to review the current flood situation

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting to review the current flood situation in different parts of the country and the preparedness of the States and Central Ministries / Agencies concerned to deal with the situation.

“Had a meeting with MoS Shri @nityanandraibjp, senior MHA officials and concerned departments on the issue of developing flood situation in various parts of the country. Directed all related officials to ensure proper relief, rescue and rehabilitation measures,” Amit Shah said in a tweet.

India Metrological Department (IMD) informed that during the last 3-4 days, Assam and Bihar have got excess rainfall with extremely heavy downpour. Heavy rainfall is expected in these two states during the next 48 hours.  DG, NDRF apprised that 73 NDRF teams have been pre-positioned in vulnerable areas of flood-affected states along with all necessary equipments. These teams are in addition to the teams kept on alert at battalion head quarter and Regional Response Centers (RRC). NDRF teams have also rescued about 750 persons in Assam and Bihar.

Central Water Commission (CWC) informed that in Assam Brahmaputra, Beki, Jiabharali, Katakhal and Barak and in Bihar Kamla, Bagmati, Mahananda, Gandak rivers are flowing in severe situation. Both CWC and IMD are issuing forecast bulletins at regular intervals. Control Rooms in MHA, NDRF, IMD and CWC are keeping close watch on the situation on 24*7 basis.

After review, Shah directed the senior officers to take every possible measure to deal with the situation arising out of South-West Monsoon in the country and to extend all necessary assistance to the flood affected states.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that the Shah had directed all concerned officials to remain on high alert and provide the states with the assistance they required. He also said that Union Home Minister had emphasized that lives and property must be protected.