Amit Shah Reviews Monsoon Flood Preparedness Across India
Amit Shah Reviews Monsoon Flood Preparedness Across India

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducted a comprehensive review on Sunday to assess the country's readiness to handle the annual monsoon floods that affect several states, primarily Bihar and Assam in the eastern region.

During the meeting held in New Delhi, Shah chaired discussions focusing on flood management preparedness nationwide, addressing concerns particularly in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and other states prone to landslides and rain-related issues during the monsoon season. The review also highlighted recent flood occurrences in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Key attendees included Union Minister of Jal Shakti C R Paatil, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, and senior officials from ministries and departments such as Home Affairs, Water Resources, River Development, Earth Sciences, Environment, and Road Transport, along with the Chairman of Railway Board and representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Currently, Assam is grappling with severe floods affecting over 1.17 lakh people across 10 districts. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reported that 968 villages in 27 revenue circles have been inundated. The state has established 134 relief camps and 94 distribution centres, providing shelter and aid to 17,661 individuals affected by the floods.

Officials confirmed that the death toll due to floods, landslides, and storms in Assam this year has risen to 37, with one person reported missing. The meeting underscored the importance of proactive measures and coordination among various departments to mitigate the impact of floods and ensure swift relief and rehabilitation efforts in affected regions.

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