Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah has reviewed the ongoing rescue and relief work of all the flood affected States. Keeping in view the severity of flood situation the Home Minister has approved advance release of Rs 400 crore to the State of Bihar and Rs 1200 crore for the State of Karnataka. He has further approved the advance release of 2nd installment of centre’s share of SDRF amounting to Rs.213.75 crore to the State of Bihar for the year 2019-20.
The States of Karnataka and Bihar have apprised of the paucity of funds in the SDRF account, resulting in delay in providing relief assistance to the affected people and requested for release of advance additional financial assistance from NDRF. The State of Bihar has also requested for advance release of the second installment of the centre’s share of SDRF for the year 2019-20.
13 States have been adversely affected by floods and landslides this year. The Central Government has been providing full support to the State Governments by mobilizing timely logistics and financial resources to supplement efforts of the State Governments to deal with the situation effectively in the wake of floods and landslides. Logistics support provided includes adequate number of teams of National Disaster Response Force(NDRF), Indian Air Force(IAF) and Coast Guard helicopters, Army columns, Navy & Coast Guard personnel along with necessary rescue equipment.