Flood-hit Assam and Bihar seek help


Patna/Guwahati: The flood situation in Bihar continued to be grim on Sunday as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sought the help of the Army and the Indian Air Force in relief and rescue of thousands of people affected by the deluge, officials said.

“The flood situation in Bihar is grim. The state government is fully alert and we have sought help from the Army and IAF helicopters to rescue affected people and distribute relief among them,” Nitish Kumar said at an official function here.

The Chief Minister said he had requested Prime Minister Narender Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to provide all possible central help for rescue and relief for the affected. “Both have assured of the assistance,” Nitish Kumar said.

For flood-hit Assam, the Centre has assured of all help. The state authorities on Sunday directed officials concerned to speed up rescue and relief operations for over 11-lakh affected persons amid reports of 10 more deaths in the past one day. Over 11-lakh people living in at least 19 of the 33 districts in Assam have so far been affected by a third wave of floods this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and enquired about the scale of devastation caused by floods, apart from assuring of all central cooperation.

Sonowal apprised Modi about his government’s relief and rescue efforts and that district administrations in all flood-hit districts had been directed to ensure speedy relief distribution.

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