Central team to visit Punjab soon to assess flood damage

first_imgA Central team will soon visit Punjab to assess the damage in the flood-ravaged State, where rains lashed some parts on Sunday as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed all Ministers and Deputy Commissioners overseeing relief operations to step up vigil. The Chief Minister, who was joined by his Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, presided over a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts.“Responding to the Chief Minister’s request, the Union Home Ministry has decided to send a Central team to assess the damage and loss due to floods in Punjab too. “Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has informed the State government that a Central team to assess damage on account of floods would also be sent to Punjab, along with 11 other flood ravaged States,” a Punjab government statement said here. Earlier in the day, Capt. Amarinder had tweeted: “In view of resumption of rainfall, have directed all Ministers in charge and DCs to step up vigil ” He has deputed four Ministers — Charanjit Singh Channi, Sunder Sham Arora, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Bharat Bhushan Ashu — to oversee relief operations in the worst-affected Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts. NDRF, SDRF roleNDRF and SDRF personnel, who are assisted by hundreds of volunteers, have been working overtime to provide succour to the flood-hit population. They have been reaching out to people with food, water, medicines and other essentials.In Jalandhar’s Shahkot, hundreds of flood-affected people thronged a medical camp set up by authorities. “People in numbers are reporting with stomach-related infections, skin allergies, high fever and other ailments,” one of the doctors at the camp said.last_img