Amit Shah reviews preparedness to tackle flood situation in country | India News

NEW DELHI: Reviewing preparedness of various agencies to deal with challenges arising out of monsoon and likely flood situations across the country, home minister Amit Shah on Friday directed officials to develop a well thought-out scheme to minimise flooding and consequent loss to life and property.
At a high-level review meeting chaired by him with senior officials of all ministries and agencies concerned, Shah emphasised on a better coordination between all stakeholders to devise a permanent system for forecasting of floods and rise in water levels in major catchment zones/areas of the country.
Among those who participated in the review were minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, home secretary Ajay Bhalla and senior officials of the home ministry, ministry of jal shakti, Central Water Commission, NDMA, department of water resources, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and NDRF.
The home minister sought a follow-up on priority areas to help provide permanent solutions to the perennial flood problems in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and the northeastern states.
A total of 40-million-hectares area in India is prone to flood in which Ganga and Brahmaputra are the main flood basins, leaving Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal most prone to floods.
Shah on Friday directed the jal shakti ministry and Central Water Commission to review and assess data on real storage capacity of major dams so water can be released in a timely manner and flooding averted.
“The decisions taken in the meeting will go a long way to mitigate the sufferings of the lakhs of people in the country who have to face the fury of floods in terms of damage to their crops, property, livelihood and precious lives,” said a home ministry release issued after the meeting.
Secretary of department of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation made a presentation at the review meeting regarding the major floods that have occurred in the country. He also apprised about the structural measures including management of dams, reservoirs, ongoing projects in Nepal, flood protection measures as well as non-structural measures such as floodplain zoning, flood forecasting and way forward to mitigate effect of floods in Ganga and Brahmaputra basins. Senior officials of NDRF and IMD also made presentations.

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