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NDRF continues rescue and relief ops in flood-hit UP, Bihar

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 August 2016, 14:07 IST

As the flood situation continues to remain grim in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) launched a massive relief and rescue operation in the flood-affected areas of both the states.

According to an ANI report, NDRF Director General OP Singh said that a total of five teams have been deployed from its base in Odisha to UP.

"The flood situation remains critical in both Bihar and UP. Keeping that in consideration, we have called NDRF teams from outside. Five NDRF teams from Odisha have already arrived in Uttar Pradesh and will be deployed in areas like Balia, Jaunpur, Gazipur, and Allahabad. There is no life threatening situation in UP, still the teams are being deployed there," he said.

In Uttar Pradesh, the flood situation in eastern parts of the state is still grim. River Ganga is rising in many places, including Allahabad and Varanasi.

Schools in Allahabad and Varanasi have been closed as a precautionary measure.

Talking about the situation in Bihar, Singh said that evacuations have been done in some parts of the state.

"The teams would be also equipped with boats and essential items like medicines. The NDRF teams also helping the state administration in distribution of relief materials," he added.

The Centre last night rushed 10 NDRF teams to flood-hit areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in order to launch massive relief and rescue operations to help those marooned in these states.

In order to launch massive operations in the two worst-affected states of Bihar and UP, the NDRF has created on-ground control rooms in these two states and deputed two senior Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) SS Guleria (Patna) and RK Rana (Varanasi) to take control of the situation.

-With inputs from ANI

First published: 23 August 2016, 14:07 IST