Monsoons 2016 have created flood like situations in many northern states and the Government is trying to handle the damage as efficiently as possible. Heavy rain lash has brought flood like situations in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from the beginning of the week and even after aides from Airforce, Army and now NDRF teams, the wreckage is putting lifes of residents in danger. Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna have already crossed the danger mark, increasing 1 cm every hour and smaller ones like Kosi, Sone, Punpun are soon going to.
People are being lifted and rescued from their homes as in many areas low lying houses have drowned. The Centre had sent 11 NDRF teams on Monday to carry out rescue and relief works.
PM Narendra Modi’s consitutency Varanasi is no better. The city is going through a brief shutdown of ghats because of flooding. PMO is closely monitoring the situation and has asssured every possible help in both the states. Similiarly Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in constant touch with the Chief Ministers of these states and local authorities as well.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also discussed the issue with PM stating the need to bring in corrective measures regarding the high level of silt in Ganges that might affect the flow of the river.
In Bihar however, the condition seems to be getting more serious. Facing one of the worst floods of the decade, Bihar’s 20 out of the total 38 districts are affected. In some cases, people are bing reported missing, the number not being official yet. The MeT department had predicted more rains at the beginning of the week and true to it, more rains have brought Bihar to a standstill.
Ganga was flowing above danger mark at seven places in various parts of four districts — Digha ghat, Gandhi ghat, Hathidah in Patna, Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district, Munger district and Buxar district.
With over 29.7 lakh people being affected, of whom 600,000 have been evacuated so far. Crop failure is at its peak with 300,000 heactares of crop going futile, worth an estimate of Rs 1,216 lakh. The flood ravaged Bihar’s ratio is an alarming one. The authorities have been ensuring the evacuation and medical help with help from the Army. Till now, 127 have been reported dead because of the flood fury.
Besides the NDRF teams, already 56 teams are carrying out the rescue ops in flood stricken states Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal.