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PM Modi assures support in rescue, relief ops in flood-hit states

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday assured his support in the rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

“I pray for the safety and wellbeing of those in areas affected by floods in parts Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

Prime Minister Modi said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is closely monitoring the situation, adding the latter has spoken to the Chief Ministers and taken stock of the rescue and relief operations.

“Centre assures total support in the rescue and relief operations. I hope the situation in the affected areas normalises at the earliest,” he added.

In Bihar, waters from various rivers were reported to be spreading to new areas in Bhojpur, Buxar, Munger, Bhagalpur and Khagaria districts.

The low-lying areas of Patna, Vaishali and Saran districts are also reportedly under water.

The flood-affected people have taken shelter in schools in Patna.

The movement of trains has been stopped between Chapra and Balia because of submerged railway tracks at many places.

The surging water of the Rivers Sone and Punpun has spread to the low lying areas of Jahanabad and Arwal districts.

In Uttar Pradesh, the flood situation in the eastern parts is grim. River Ganga is rising in many places, including Allahabad and Varanasi.

The army has been kept on standby to assist in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Allahabad.

Both the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers are rising continuously in the district and the people have been told to vacate their homes and move to safer places.

Over 100 villages are facing a critical flood situation in the district. So far, about 10,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also engaged in Ballai and Banda districts after receiving information on rising water levels.

Besides Allahabad, the water of river Ganga is reportedly rising in Varanasi, Ballia and Mirzapur districts, while the water of the Yamuna are rising trend in Banda, Mathura and Allahabad.

After the release of water from the dam, the Betwa River is also on spate in Hamirpur district.

Water levels are rising between two to three centimetres per hour.

In Rajasthan, incessant rains in the south eastern districts have affected normal life. Several over bridges have been submerged in water, bringing road traffic on these routes to a grinding halt.

A maximum of 26 centimetres of rainfall has been recorded at the Jakham Dam in the state’s Pratapgarh district.

Places like Nimbaheda, Badi Sadri and Bhadesar have received 22 centimeters of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The districts of Chittorgarh, Baran, Dungarpur, Banswara and Jhalawar have also experienced good rainfall.

An alert has been sounded in nearby areas of Chambal river in Karauli following an increase in water levels.

In Madhya Pradesh, torrential rains have lashed western parts even as relief works have gained momentum in Bundelkhand and Vindhya regions.

Normal life has been affected in Guna, Rajgarh, Shivpuri, Mandsour, Ujjain and other parts of western Madhya Pradesh. (ANI)

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