Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday chaired a high-level meeting over the rising water level of various rivers, and floods and landslides caused by incessant rains in several parts of India.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Home Ministry, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), India Meteorological Department (IMD), and various state disaster management agencies.
Sources told India Today that the purpose of the meeting was to check the preparedness of various agencies to handle such situations.
During the meeting, Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed officials to develop a well-planned scheme to reduce flooding so that loss of lives and property can be minimised. “He also emphasized better co-ordination and to have a permanent system for forecasting floods and rise in water levels in major catchment areas of the country,” an official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.
A total of 40-million-hectares in India is prone to flooding. Officials were also asked to provide permanent solutions to perennial flood problems in the Ganga and Brahmaputra flood basins along with Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
The MHA official added, “To ensure the timely releases of water and prevention of flood, Union Home Minister has also directed the Ministry of Jal Shakti and Central Water Commission (CWC) to review and assess the data on the real storage capacity of major dams.”
Secretary of the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation made a presentation about major floods witnessed in the country in recent years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took stock of the flood situation in Assam. In a tweet, he said, “Spoke to Assam CM Shri @sarbanandsonwal Ji and reviewed the situation in the wake of flooding and landslides in parts of the state. Assured all possible support from the Centre to help those affected.”
Earlier on Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had interacted with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to discuss the floods in Assam which have affected more than 10 lakh people across 23 districts.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also spoken to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on June 28 to take stock of the rising water level in the Mahananda river. He had tweeted, “Talked to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on the rising water level in the Mahananda river. Assured him all possible held from the Centre for Bihar people’s safety.”