In a high-level meeting on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the situation that has arisen due to excessive rains in the state in recent days. The Chief Minister directed the group of ministers to immediately visit the divisional headquarters/districts under their responsibility and expand their cooperation in relief and rescue work.
The CM has issued instructions to expedite the relief and rehabilitation work in all districts affected by heavy rains and to keep the district inspection post operational 24 hours a day under the direction of the ADM or Joint Magistrate Level officers.
CM Adityanath said negative impacts on life, livestock and agriculture are seen due to excessive rains in recent days. Loss of life and property was reported from many districts. The state government is committed to taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and care of all affected people, he said.
The Chief Minister expressed his sadness at the loss of life due to heavy rain, lightning, snake bites and drowning, and directed officials to immediately distribute allowable relief funds to the families of the deceased and to treat the injured appropriately.
He said immediate aid should be given to ordinary people in the flood-hit areas. There should be no delay in distributing aid packages and adequate provision should be made for lighting etc. in aid camps. The chief minister said this is the time for sympathy and cooperation, adding: “Let’s all work with team spirit.”
The Prime Minister also gave the necessary instructions regarding the possibility of the spread of various waterborne/mosquito-borne diseases and snakebite incidents in the flood-affected areas. In such situations, health camps should be set up near the relief camps and anti-venom injections should be made available, the CM said.
Reviewing the impact on agricultural crops, the premier said teams from the finance and agriculture ministries should conduct a thorough investigation in all districts and assess the damage so farmers can be compensated. This should be done as a matter of priority, he instructed.
The chief minister issued instructions to ensure the safety of livestock in flood-hit areas, saying proper provision should be made for animal feed in those areas as well.
Flooding is currently affecting about 25,000 people in more than 1,500 villages in 15 districts across the state. The Chief Minister has issued instructions to use NDRF/SDRF/PAC teams for relief and rescue work as needed.
The Rapti and Saryu (Ghagra) rivers are currently flowing above the danger mark. The CM has also provided guidance on continuously monitoring the water levels of rivers.
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