Mumbai: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General SN Pradhan informed on Thursday that 122 NDRF teams have been deployed in 20 states, including 16 in Assam and 21 in Bihar.
Speaking to ANI, Pradhan said that this year the monsoon is above normal and heavy rainfall has occurred. This is causing flood-like conditions in various parts of the country. Bihar and Assam are sensitive areas affected by floods.
“Rescue operations are underway. In Bihar, the flow of water depends on the rainfall in the Terai region of Nepal. The evacuation is selective in most places because villagers decide when they should go camping, but if they do The situation is grim if agreed to. In Assam, large-scale evacuations have been made, and about 40,000 evacuations have been made. The water stagnation is widespread and highly affected there and in about 30 districts, “Pradhan said.
He further added, “No air evacuation will be required. Our team is protecting the affected people with PPE kits as a precaution. We are facing dual challenges – COVID-19 and natural disaster – at the same time. Almost all the rivers flow above the danger level. He said that rivers like Kosi, Gandak, Kamalabanal, Mahananda have crossed the danger level, which is why the river water is spreading.
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has said that there have been 89 deaths and 56,27,389 people have been affected across 30 districts due to floods in the state.
(With ANI Inputs)