IN PHOTOS: Amit Shah reviews flood management preparedness amid monsoon

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a crucial meeting in New Delhi to assess the country's readiness for flood management. The meeting included key officials from various ministries and departments responsible for disaster response and water management. Pics/ PTI

Updated On: 2024-06-23 03:07 PM IST

Compiled by : Sanjana Deshpande

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a crucial meeting in New Delhi to assess the country's readiness for flood management. The meeting included key officials.

Attending the meeting were Union Minister CR Patil, Minister of State Nityanand Rai, along with secretaries and senior officials from Home Affairs, Water Resources, Earth Sciences, Environment, and other relevant departments. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Home Affairs in North Block.

Several states like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and notably Assam are currently grappling with floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains.

Assam, particularly affected by recent floods exacerbated by Cyclone Remal, has seen significant damage. Approximately 3 lakh people across 19 districts have been affected, with reports of submerged villages, crop loss, and displacement.

In Nagaon district alone, nearly 6,000 people have been severely affected, with 35 villages submerged under floodwaters. Additionally, 1,089 hectares of crop area have been inundated, highlighting the agricultural impact of the floods.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported that 979 villages in 48 revenue circles across the state have been affected. More than 2.43 lakh people have been impacted.

Cyclone Remal, preceding the floods, brought intense rainfall to Assam, exacerbating the flood situation and resulting in fatalities. 

The combined impact of the cyclone and monsoon rains has posed significant challenges for relief and rescue efforts.

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