UP govt’s proactive measures helped in flood relief

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UP govt’s proactive measures helped in flood relief

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 | PNS | Lucknow

The Uttar Pradesh government distributed 69,726 foodgrain packets and 4,65,048 lunch packets in the flood-affected districts of Uttar Pradesh and set up 1,310 flood relief centres across 84 tehsils in 20 severely affected districts. Additionally, over 2,647 medical teams were formed to provide essential healthcare services to people in the flood-hit districts.
Yogi had held a review meeting even before the onset of monsoon to prepare the administration for floods and conducted aerial and ground inspections later on to assess the damage and provide relief to people living in the flood-affected areas.
According to the data of the Indian Meteorological department, 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh have experienced excessive rainfall this year, exceeding 120 per cent of the expected rainfall, between June 1 and September 15. Most of these districts are situated in western Uttar Pradesh.
Additionally, more than normal rainfall (120 to 80 per cent) has been recorded in 24 districts of the state, including those in western and central UP, and Bundelkhand.
Meanwhile, 31 districts have received normal rainfall, ranging from 40 to 80 per cent. On the contrary, seven districts have received less than normal rainfall, amounting to less than 40 per cent.
Relief commissioner GS Naveen Kumar said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had held a review meeting on flood relief efforts even before the onset of monsoon. During the meeting, the CM emphasised on the need for being prepared to provide comprehensive assistance to both people and livestock in the flood-affected areas.
Yogi further directed the officials to make thorough preparations in advance to minimise the loss of life. All these efforts resulted in massive relief works in the 37 flood-affected districts of the state, leading to minimal loss of life.
The relief commissioner said that 37 districts experienced higher-than-normal rainfall, with 34 districts being directly impacted by floods.
Among these, 20 districts faced particularly severe flooding, prompting urgent relief efforts. These heavily affected districts comprised 14 of western Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Saharanpur, Agra, Amroha, Meerut, Baghpat, Mathura, Shamli, Badaun, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Shahjahanpur, and Ghaziabad.
Additionally, five districts in the Awadh region, including Barabanki, Kheri, Hardoi, Gonda, and Sitapur, were affected by floods. Purvanchal’s Basti district also witnessed significant flooding.
In order to provide relief to five lakh people residing in 1,287 villages across 84 affected tehsils in these districts, a total of 1,310 flood posts were established.
Additionally, 2,647 medical teams were deployed to address medical-related issues. To ensure that flood victims did not face food shortages, 69,726 food packets were distributed during this period, along with 4,65,048 lunch packets.
Among the districts heavily affected by floods, Farrukhabad ranked first, with 75,453 people from 116 villages affected by it. In response, 52 flood posts were established and 1,003 medical teams were formed, he added.

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