Siddhiqi takes stock of situation at flood hit districts in UP

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Lucknow, Sep 24 (UNI) Reiterating that every possible help would be extended to flood victims, Uttar Pradesh irrigation minister Naseemuddin Siddhiqi today directed officials that no laxity should be committed in relief and rescue work in flood-hit districts.

Mr Siddhiqi said a 24-hr vigil should be maintained at the dams and any breach or crack should be repaired immediately.

The minister took stock of the situation at Barabanki and Gonda districts, where flood has created havoc.

He also assured the district administration of pooling in more funds for the purpose and directed that boats, medicines and food should be distributed on a priority basis, besides providing milk to the children and other government facilities to the calamity victims.

The minister called an officials meet at PWD guest house and told them that there is no shortage of fund thus no laxity should be committed in relief and rescue work. People under the jaws of deluge should be helped in priority, he added.

He met the flood affected people of Barabanki and Gonda districts and ordered the officials of immediate redressal of their problems, besides inspected the help rendered to them.

An executive engineer and equal sattus officers should be present round the clock near the dams and no untoward incident should be reported.

Meanwhile, Relief Commissioner G K Tondon apprised that Rs 629.33 lakh financial help had been given to disaster victims so far.

On the other hand, army which was deployed in Barabanki had rescued people of nearly 200 villages and were providing them food, water and medicines.

The Jawans and doctors, who had come from the state capital established camp at Suratganj and distributed essentials, beside treating over 300 patients.

Relief and rescue work was going on at a full pace.

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