Embankments, bunds safe in flood-affected districts

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Embankments, bunds safe in flood-affected districts

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 | PNS | Lucknow



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The Uttar Pradesh government said all the flood protection embankments and bunds were safe and there was no threat of breach in the flood-affected districts.
Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goel said here on Tuesday that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed the district magistrates of the 20 flood-affected districts to accords top priority to rescue and relief work.
He said the district magistrates had also been directed by the government to closely monitor the release of water from dams and ensure completion of flood protection work ahead of the floods. 
He said the chief minister had also directed district officials to visit and inspect the flood protection dams and ensure their safety to prevent loss of life and property in villages on the banks of rivers.
Goel said 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), nine teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 17 flood companies of the PAC had been deployed for relief and rescue operations in flood-affected districts.  
He said the NDRF had organised a mock drill on July 1 while making preparations for flood relief operations.
He said a helpline 1070 was also being operated at the control room set up in Lucknow.
The relief commissioner said so far 88 flood protection projects with outlay of Rs 856 crore had been completed and for the current fiscal 2020-21, Rs 318 crore had been released so far by the state government. 
He said all necessary repair and strengthening work on flood protection embankments was done before the COVID-19 pandemic. He said in all flood affected districts   flood protection outposts, wireless centres and flood control room are operational in all flood affected districts.
The flood-affected districts include Ambedkarnagar, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Balrampur, Barabanki, Basti, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Mau, Siddharthnagar, Maharajganj, Deoria, Sant Kabir Nagar, Pilibhit, Pratapgarh and Sitapur. 
Goel said standing kharif crop on 38,248 hectares had been damaged due to floods. He said so far 13 people had died due to floods.
The relief commissioner said the state government had issued detailed guidelines for flood relief work and for the protection from floods. He said over 90,000 food packets and food grain kit containing 17 items had been distributed among the flood-affected people and 178 cattle camps had been set up.
He said so far over six lakh cattle had been vaccinated.
The UP government has already ordered round-the-clock monitoring of the situation in the flood-affected districts through patrolling and drones.

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