Incessant downpour in numerous parts of West Bengal, Assam and Bihar has resulted in landslides and flash floods, claiming the lives of many and rendering numerous homeless. Not just in the eastern states of India, heavy rainfall has terribly affected the neighboring countries of Nepal and Bangladesh as well.
According to news coming in, Bihar is by far one of the most affected states so far in this year’s monsoon. About 41 people are feared dead with more than two million people affected by floods. Thousands have been forced to leave their homes while people living in the low-lying areas are being shifted to higher places as a result of this horrendous rainfall. Katihar, Purnia, Araria and Kishanganj are the districts to have borne the brunt of the floods most.
On Monday, Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas. According to him:
Rescue and relief operations have been going on. We had asked for IAF helicopter and food packets are being distributed through that. Tomorrow, we will send chief secretary of Disaster Management, Road Construction department, Rural Works Department and all DMs to assess the situation. DRF, SDRF deployed in Sitamarhi, Madhubani and Champaran. Additional teams and Army columns will be deployed too.
The CM further said that food and relief camps are being set up by the Bihar government at numerous areas of the flood-affected region. In saying so, he also requested the assistance of the Center in tackling the situation. Modi took to his official Twitter account to say announce that the situation is being closely monitored by the Center,
Centre assures all support to Bihar government to mitigate the flood situation. Teams of NDRF are in Bihar for rescue and relief work.
The floods damaged crops worth crores of rupees.
Relentless heavy rains in this northeastern state of India has affected all the 21 districts of the state, with the death toll reaching 95 and more than 22 lakh lives being hampered. The state government has requested the support of Air Force and Army and asked them to be present as stand-by for any immediate need.
Reports suggest that the Brahmaputra breached its embankment in Jakhalabandha, with the National Highway 715 being submerged at numerous areas. Assuring all possible support to the state, Modi has directed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take stock of the situation immediately.
Train services connecting the rest of India to the Northeast have been rendered ineffective as a result of the floods. According to Northeast Frontier Railway chief public relations officer (CPRO) Pranav Jyoti Sharma:
The Railway Board has decided to cancel all incoming trains from various parts of the country towards NE Region, which were to reach either Katihar or Malda town till 10 am of August 16, 2017.
He further added that the rain water has also affected the railway tracks at numerous junctures in Alipurduar and Katihar Division of NE Railway.
Reviewing the flood situation on Monday through video conferencing, Assam Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia directed the officials to undertake relief and rescue operations on a war footing. He further directed a couple of NDRF boats to be provided in Morigaon district alongside making the necessary arrangements for an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Morigaon and Nagaon districts.
Arunachal Pradesh has also come under the wrath of terrible floods this monsoon with grim landslides taking a toll on regular lives of people. Among other districts, Anjaw, East Siang and Namsai districts were affected the most. Intra-district communication, mostly road communication, has been greatly affected due to the recurring landslides. Restoration work is also being hampered due to the recurring landslides and incessant rainfall.
The northern part of the state has been badly damaged by the floods with numerous rivers flowing above the danger mark. Expressing her concern over this flood-like situation in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said:
We are monitoring the situation 24X7 for relief and rescue operations.
Innumerable villages have been inundated in northern Bengal with major cases of erosion being reported from Pardeonapur village near Farakka. Numerous trains have also been cancelled due to waterlogged railway tracks. According to East Central Railway, rail traffic has been hit between Kisanganj and Hatwar due to flood water flowing above the danger mark at pillar number 117 under Katihar division. An official statement released by Chief Public Relations Officer Rajesh Kumar, said 33 trains have been cancelled and 11 short-terminated.
Yogi Adityanath took an aerial survey of the flood affected districts of Shrawasti, Gonda, Balrampur, and Bahraich on Monday and warned the officials of severe consequences if any laxity is found in relief work. He further said that directives have been issued to the district administration to ensure proper arrangement of the relief material, medicines, fodder for cattle among other things.
Adityanath further added:
The government is sensitive towards the problems of the flood-hit people and there would be no dearth of funds in extending help to them.
Meanwhile, IMD has issued terrible thunderstorm and lightning warning for 18 districts of Odisha in the next 24 hours. Apart from this, numerous areas of Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are expected to experience heavy rainfall.