The Hush Post: Heavy rains have wreaked a havoc in North India. As many as 774 people have died in separate incidents related to floods and heavy rains in seven states during the monsoon season as per as the Union Home Ministry.
According to the Home Ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), as many as 187 people have lost their lives in Kerala, 171 in Uttar Pradesh,170 IN West Bengal and 139 in Maharashtra. As many as 52 people have lost their lives in Gujarat, 45 in Assam and eight in Nagaland due to floods and rains.
Besides, as many as 22 people were also missing in Kerala and 5 in West Bengal while 245 received injuries in rain-related incidents in the states. Floods and rains have hit 26 districts in Maharashtra, 23 in Assam,22 in West Bengal, 14 in Kerala, 12 in Uttar Pradesh,11 in Nagaland and 1o in Gujarat.
In Assam, 11.45 lakh people have borne the brunt of the rains and floods, which also hit crops in 27,552 hectares of land.
A total of 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in the rescue and relief operations in Assam. The team comprises of 45 personnel.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, accompanied by K.J. Alphons, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Sanjay Kumar and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs, visited the flood/landslide affected areas of Kerala.
Rajnath Singh also carried out aerial survey of the affected areas of Adimali, Aluva and ParavurTaluk as well as the Cheruthoni-Idukki dam and immediate areas downstream and reviewed the search, rescue and relief measures taken by the State Government and other Central Government agencies with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers of the State Government, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and other senior officers of the Central Agencies and State administration.
The Ministers also visited relief camp and met the affected people living in the relief camps. Based on the aerial survey, field visit and interaction with the affected people, Rajnath Singh expressed his satisfaction on the arrangements made by the State administration in managing the unprecedented floods/landslides in the State and in providing basic amenities, including food, water, and medical service etc. in the rescue and relief camps.
The Chief Minister thanked the Central Government for deploying 14 teams of NDRF and adequate resources of Defence Forces for search, rescue and assisting the administration in relief distribution. Union Home Minister assured State Government to provide additional teams of NDRF and other assets of Air Force, Navy, Army and Coast Guard if any need is felt by the State Government.
Rajnath Singh announced that the Central Government has already released an assistance of Rs 80.25 crore as Second Installment of Central share under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). With a view to assist State Government, the Union Home Minister also announced the release of Rs 100 crore in advance from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).