NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday expressed deep concerns over flooding of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. The flood situation in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has worsened due to release of water from Nepal and the adjoining states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand leading to further rise in the water levels of the major rivers.
Bihar remains worst affected by floods by rising waters of Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra and Kosi have affected 29.71 lakh people in 4,222 villages in 24 districts of the state. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh where 8.7 lakh people in 987 villages of 28 districts in the state have been badly affected. In Bihar, death toll due to floods has risen to 29.
NDRF teams have been sent to Varanasi, Allahabad, Ghazipur and Ballia and 30,247 people have been shifted to the relief camps, while 62,397 have been moved to safer places, said officials.
Expressing his concern, PM tweeted: “PMO is closely monitoring the situation & is in touch with local authorities. NDRF teams are present at Varanasi for rescue and relief work. The MP office there is working round the clock to provide all assistance.”
In Varanasi there were reports of waterlogging in city and the water level has been increasing by 1 cm per hour in areas around Varanasi and about 15 cm rise in the water level in a day was seen yesterday till evening.
BJP President Amit Shah has also asked the party's elected representatives, leaders and workers to join the relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Assam and Uttarakhand.
Shah spoke to party chiefs in all these states and asked them to join the relief and rescue operations, an official statement said.