Maha floods: Fadnavis says 5 lakh lives saved with help from Centre, agencies

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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the state government was successfully able to rescue around 5 lakh people from Sangli and Satara districts, ravaged by floods.

Thanking Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who undertook an aerial survey to review the flood situation in Belagavi district in Karnataka and Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra, Fadnavis said, “I thank you Amit Shah ji for the continuous support and assistance from the Centre in rescue operations. With this support and help of all agencies, we have been able to successfully save around 5,00,000 lives and shifted citizens to safer locations.”

Fadnavis took a detailed review of the Maharashtra floods at Mantralaya Control Room in Mumbai with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, senior officials from Relief and Rehabilitation department, Disaster Management department and concerned officials. This control room coordinates all efforts for Kolhapur, Sangli and all affected districts.

An official from the chief minister’s office said a total 105 teams engaged in rescue and relief operations, including the NDRF, SDRF, Army, Navy, Airforce, CoastGuard and other a agencies.

“Around 761 villages from 68 talukas of 2 districts affected by floods. Also, over 200 roads and over 90 bridges closed due to water logging. Currently, there are 226 boats deployed and sufficient number of medical teams have been made available,” he said.

He added that a large quantity of DDT powder and bleaching powder has been made available along with essential medicines. The Reserve Bank of India and and the State Bank of India have been approached to make ATMs functional as early as possible.

“The chief minister has instructed to make available the required machinery at all places to clean the flood affected areas and asked coordinated efforts of Government and NGOs for the post flood relief work. The state administration will extend support to NGOs currently engaged in food supply in these areas. Directions have been given to start cattle camps,” an official from the chief minister’s office said. He added that uptil now, 530000 cusecs water has been discharged from the Almatti dam, 53882 cusecs from Koyna dam and 4256 cusecs from Radhanagri dam.