Patna, Jul 27 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on
Monday directed engineers of the Water Resources Department to
remain in "alert mode" at places where embankments are facing
pressure from surging flood waters.
Directing the officials to ensure 24X7 patrolling of
such embankmentse, Kumar asked them to ensure availability of
materials in adequate quantity near the embankments so that
repair work can be undertaken during emergency, an official
release said here.
Kumars instruction assumes significance in the backdrop
of flood water pressure causing breaches in embankments at
On July 24, the Gandak river fractured Saran embankment
at two places in Gopalganj district while another breach took
place in Sangrampur block of East Champaran district due to
flood waters in river Gandak which was caused by heavy
rainfall in the catchment areas of Gandak and Nepal around a
Giving directions to Disaster Management Departments
Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit, the CM said that people
evacuated from the flood affected areas be kept in relief
camps with proper facilities.
Community kitchens be set up in adequate numbers for
flood victims, he said while adding that adequate arrangements
be made in the relief shelters as per the Standard Operating
The number of community kitchens and relief centres be
increased as per the requirement, the CM said and added that
social distancing norms should be maintained at the relief
centres besides giving mask free of cost to those taking
Kumar also directed the officials to lay special
emphasis on the quality of food cooked at the community
kitchens besides drinking water be made available to the
people at the relief centres.
Kumar also directed them to ensure expeditious transfer
of gratuitous relief directly into the bank accounts of flood
affected people as per the SOP. Money will not be a problem
for distribution of GR, he added.
As per the government rules, each flood affected family
will be given Rs 6,000 as gratuitous relief directly into
their bank accounts through Direct Bank Transfer.
Nearly 2.5 million people have been affected by floods
in 11 districts of Bihar. PTI AR
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