The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed concern over Kosi flood situation in Bihar and directed that all possible assistance should be made available.The Cabinet Secretary Shri Ajit Seth has chaired three emergency meetings of National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) since yesterday afternoon. Two meetings were held yesterday. One meeting was held today morning and another meeting is scheduled in the evening today.
Cabinets Secretary is in constant and direct touch with the State Chief Secretary. Following efforts have been coordinated with the concerned authorities:-
· 44,000 persons evacuated by the Bihar State authorities so far. State Administration has been urged to speed up this process. 107 camps set up. In addition, 30 cattle camps set up.
· Small assessment team of 6 persons – 2 from CWC, 2 from NDRF and 1 each from Indian Army and GSI – have reached Nepal last night to make initial assessment.
· Central Water Commission is doing a computer simulation exercise to assess the likely impact of sudden release of water.
· Water discharge so far is not alarming. But it cannot be predicted when the flow might increase suddenly. CWC is issuing advisories
· 8 NDRF teams already deployed.
· 7 more teams deployed, of which 4 reached and 3 are on way.
· 5 more teams on standby.
· NDRF carrying boats, including fibre boats.
· 1 Composite Column has reached Supaul and one Saharsa
· 3 more Columns mobilized from Sukna to Katihar.
· 1 Engineering Task Force (ETF) has reached Danapur; 2 more ETFs being moved.
· One AN-32 Aircraft has reached Delhi from Agra to carry persons and communication equipment to Purnia. 1 more standby at Agra.
· 2 Mi-17 helicopters each standby at Gorakhpur, Bagdogra and Barrackpore.
· 2 Chetaks and 4 MI-17 also moved to Bihta (near Patna).
· Naval diving teams in readiness.
· 1 C-17 Aircraft ready to leave Palam at around 1600 hours carrying medical team comprising 25 persons (including 2 medical officers, 1 preventive medicine specialist and one medical specialist) and 30 MT load (stretchers, etc.).
· 20 civilian doctors from Government of India of different specialities from Delhi hospitals also leaving by this aircraft.
· 15 satellite phones given to the Bihar State authorities by the Government of India last night. NDRF teams also carrying satellite phones.
· Department of Spacewill also obtain relevant satellite inputs and start providing them from tomorrow onwards.
· D/o Food has been asked to provide full assistance.
· FCI godowns have sufficient food grain stocks available in the areas likely to be affected.