At least 81 people died and more than 80 lakh people were affected in fresh floods due to excessive rains in worst affected Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha.
In Gujarat, 14 districts and population of about 40 lakh were affected in recent floods due to heavy rainfall in the last few days. More than 10 lakh food packets have been airdropped or distributed to the flood victims, an official statement said here today.
Temporary relief camps have been set up in affected areas and peoples are accommodated on need basis. A total of 17 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed for rescue and relief operations in Gujarat. In Rajasthan, so far 28 people have lost their lives, out of which 12 people died during past few days owing to very heavy rainfall and flood like situation in many parts of the state.
Rajasthan has experienced excessive rainfall in most of its districts. The situation is grim particularly in districts of Jalore, Jhalawar, Baran, Sirohi, Barmer and Dungarpur. Apart from State Disaster Response Force, Police, RAC etc., at present eight teams of NDRF were deployed for rescue and relief operations.
So far, more than 630 peoples have been rescued from various districts in Rajasthan. Relief materials have been distributed to the affected population. In West Bengal, 48 deaths have been reported from various parts of the state during the floods owing to lightening, wall collapse, electrocution, snake bite and drowning.
As reported by State government due to cyclone KOMEN, heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in almost all South West Bengal districts. So far, 12 districts consisting of 210 blocks and 9,691 villages have been affected due to floods.
A population of 36,90,627 are affected. State Government has deployed 121 boats for rescue and relief operations. A total of 5,672 cattle is also lost in the floods. The State Government has set up 1,537 relief camps and 2,14,306 people have been accommodated, it said. In Odisha, seven districts namely Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jharsuguda and Deogarh were affected by the floods, the statement said.
A total of five people lost their lives and 644 villages and population – 4,80,399 are affected. ODRAF units are carrying out relief and rescue operations. So far 1574 peoples have been evacuated to safer places. Seven relief camps have been opened and 55 people have been accommodated. 132 boats have been deployed for rescue operations.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over phone and enquired about the flood situation in the state. According to state secretariat officials, Singh during his conversation with the chief minister discussed the situation in all affected districts.
Meanwhile, Banerjee held discussions with district officials of all affected districts through video conference and took reports of the latest flood situation.
She is also monitoring the situation from time to time by meeting senior officials at the state secretariat.