Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took stock of the flood situation in Gujarat. The prime minister chaired a meeting to review prog the ess of flood relief work with CM Vijay Rupani, ministers and senior officials of State Govt at Ahmedabad Airport.
He also undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of the state.
"I have taken stock of the situation due to floods. Officers from the Government of India will assist in short term & long term measures," PM Modi said after the aerial survey.
Highlights of PM Modi's speech after aerial survey:
#More than Rs 500 crores will be provided by GoI to the State Disaster Management
#I announce ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PM relief fund for next of kin of those killed in floods, Rs 50,000 to those injured
#Even if we expect more rainfall, relief work will be further intensified
#The people of Gujarat are blessed with a strong spirit of resilience. These floods will not impact the development journey of Gujarat:
#Could see the Government of Gujarat responded to the flood situation quite swiftly
#I announce ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PM relief fund to kin of those killed in floods, and Rs. 50,000 to those injured
#Everything possible will be done to help the farmers, who suffer immensely due to floods
Meanwhile, Indian Air Force MI-17 airlifted 58 people to safety including 04 by winching from Totana village in Banaskantha. “IAF helicopters continued operations braving extremely challenging weather conditions,” an official statement said.
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Earlier in the day, Rupani had called on the prime minister at Parliament House and apprised him of the situation arising out of incessant rain and floods in parts of the state.
The prime minister then decided to undertake an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of north Gujarat, the PMO said.
Torrential rains in north Gujarat have caused a flood in Banaskantha and Patan districts.
Authorities have declared a state-wide “high alert” and call out the Army, the Air Force and NDRF teams for assistance.
PM Modi chairs a meeting to review progress of flood relief work with CM, ministers & senior officials of State Govt at Ahmedabad Airport. pic.twitter.com/N2gWVz7tJY— ANI (@ANI_news) July 25, 2017