Govt ready to deal with flood situations: Yogi

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday inspected the embankments of the Ghaghra-Saryu River in Gonda, inquired about the dangers of possible flood situation in the district and directed the officials to take precautionary measures.

He inspected the embankments of Saryu river near Bhikharipur Sikraur, held a meeting with public representatives and officials and gave necessary guidelines for flood prevention. He also inspected the Algin Charsari embankment.

During his interaction with the media, Yogi said that Gonda has to face floods almost every year due to the presence of major embankments. He asserted that the rainfall in the district is less than normal, but after heavy rains in some places inside Uttarakhand and Nepal, the water levels of Saryu and Rapti have increased.

He said that normally there is 40,000 cusecs of water in Saryu, but at present 2.5 lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from here. “There is a possibility of further increase in this water level. Keeping all these in mind, preventive measures have been taken in time. Effective works have been done to save the embankments and comprehensive actions have been ensured to prevent loss of life. Measures to repair the embankments like Algin Charsari embankment, Bhikharipur and Bhauriganj ring have been completed ahead of time”, he said.

The CM asserted that the government was fully prepared to face an odd situation. He said that about 28 flood outposts have been set up in coordination with the Health Department and the Relief Commissioner’s Department whereas the district administration has completed preparations to send boats as well as relief materials to the affected areas in the event of floods.

He said, “During the floods last year, seven and a half lakh cusecs of water was being discharged from here, we were able to save the embankments even at that time.”

During the meeting with district’s public representatives and administrative officers, Yogi directed them to avoid any kind of negligence in helping the people affected by floods in case such a situation arises. Directing the officers, he said that there should not be any problem in the relief camp in any way.

He said, “Arrangements for the living and food of the flood-affected people should be ensured. In case of flood situation, mobile medical teams should remain fully active and on round in the affected areas. Doctors and mobile medical teams in the relief camps should have anti-venom, anti-rabies and anti-bite injections of all kinds of poisonous animals.”

The CM directed the officials to maintain proper cleanliness and lighting in the relief camps. He also directed to clean the affected areas by running a campaign on a war footing as soon as the flood water recedes.

He further directed to repair the roads and streets which were damaged due to floods. State Jal Shakti Minister Swatantra Dev Singh, public representatives and administrative officers were present during the inspection.

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