Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with chief ministers of six states to review the flood situation in which he emphasized the extensive use of innovative technology for improving forecast and warning system.
The states that attended the meeting to review their preparedness to deal with the south-west monsoon and current flood situation in the country are Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala.
The chief ministers complimented the efforts of central agencies including NDRF teams for their timely deployment and rescue efforts, said news agency ANI quoting the Prime Minister’s office.
In Kerala, a landslide occurred in the Idukki district following heavy rainfall last week in which 49 people have died till now. Today India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasargod district.
Revenue Minister R Ashok on Monday said. The state has so far incurred a loss of the tune of 3,500-4,000 crore as a result of rains and floods. During the meeting with the prime minister, Karnataka home minister Basavraj Bommai sought 4,000 crore financial help from the central government to handle the situation. He also sought immediate relief to the next installment of the SDRF fund of Rs. 395 crore.
In Bihar, 16 districts have been affected due to flood situation and 23 people demise due to heavy rain incident. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar raised the issue of Nepal’s non-cooperation in flood management on Monday’s meeting with PM Modi.
A statement from the PMO said during the meeting, the prime minister also stressed on better coordination between all central and state agencies to have a permanent system for forecasting of floods.