A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, was held yesterday to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.
It was informed by both the States that due to extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states, there has been flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.
Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock has been taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.
IMD has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from today.
Large areas in several districts of Rajasthan were flooded after water was released from dams, forcing evacuation of thousands of stranded people, including school children.
Teams of the army, the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies are conducting rescue operations in Chittorgarh district and Kota city, where many people are marooned on rooftops after nearly 7 lakh cusecs of water was discharged from the Kota barrage yesterday. Over 5,000 people have been evacuated so far in Kota.
Educational institutions have been closed in affected areas and the administration has appealed to people to ignore rumours on conditions of dams and barrages.
While in Madhya Pradesh, around 45,000 people were
evacuated yesterday from flood-hit areas to safer places after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in many places.
Heavy showers have been lashing the two neighbouring districts Mandsaur and Neemuch in western Madhya Pradesh since the last few days, crippling normal life there.
Meanwhile, former chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his party would launch an agitation from September 22 if compensation is not paid to farmers who have lost their crops in the downpour.
He also announced that he would be donate his MLA salary for the month for people affected by floods.