Additional relief sent to Bihar, NCMC reviews flood situation

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New Delhi, Aug 31 (UNI) The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) headed by Cabinet Secretary today reviewed the flood situation in Bihar today.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was in constant touch with the State Government and closely monitoring the situation round-the-clock, a Ministry release said here.

It said the Centre was extending all possible assistance to the state Government. As many as 15 additional Army Columns were being deployed in addition to the existing 10 columns. Besides four more helicopters had been added to the existing five deployed.

A total of 243 boats and 686 NDRF personnel had been pressed into service, and 5767 tents had been dispatched till today and additional 1922 tents were being organisd. In addition to the four Satellite phones already provided, ten more were being made available to the administration there.

Moreover, four lakh bottles of drinking water were being sent today by a special train, and 18 MTs of Plastic sheets, having capacity to accommodate 3,000 families, had been sent.

In addition to free transportation of relief material, the Ministry of Railways had taken some other steps which include nomination of four terminals at Sahrsa, Purnia, Forbes Gunj/Jogbani, Sonbarsa Kachahri for handling the relief material; running of special trains for evacuation of affected people on need basis and setting up of medical/relief camps at Raghopur, Banmankhi, Madhepura, Narpat Gunj, and Budhma.

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