Flood like situation across India brings life to a stand still
Flood like situation in various parts of India today affected villages in Uttar Pradesh (UP), West Bengal (WB), Assam and Himachal Pradesh.
40000 families of around 110 villages of UP's Bahraich district suffered loss of flora and fauna with at least 12 people losing their life.
District Magistrate Satendra Kumar Singh Yadav confirmed the report saying, "We are sending one team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), two flood companies of PSC (Public Service Commission) and two Air Force choppers. Rescue operations are underway: till yesterday we had rescued 4800 people with the help of streamers and we had demanded Rs 106 crore from the government for safety of the affected families," said Yadav.
"According to Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) guidelines, families of the deceased will be given a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each after proper checking," he added.
UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said, "NDRF has offered all help possible, we are focusing on controlling the water levels."
However, the local residents criticized the authorities for lack of safety measures and relief operations saying that nobody had come from the administration to review the situation and there was no improvement in the condition even after the DM's visit.
Meanwhile NDRF personnel were also deployed in Haridwar due to flood like situation in the area.
"We have evicted the affected areas and deployed our personnel, the water level is going down and we have ordered distribution of food to the families. We have also deployed teams for analysis of loss of flora and fauna," said an NDRF official.
Other places in India which faced flood like situation were UP's Sitapur town and West Bengal's Cooch Behar district.
India experiences monsoon rains from June to September, which are vital for its agriculture. But the rains frequently affect millions of people - devastating crops, destroying homes and sparking outbreaks of diseases like diarrhea.
(Posted on 17-08-2014)