New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting to review the current flood situation in different parts of the country and preparedness of the states and Central ministries concerned to deal with the situation.

After reviewing the meeting, Shah directed the senior officers to take every possible measure to deal with the situation arising out of South-West Monsoon in the country and to extend all necessary assistance to the flood-affected states.

India Metrological Department officers told Shah that during the last 3-4 days, Assam and Bihar have received extremely heavy rainfall. Heavy rainfall is expected in these two states during the next 48 hours.

Director-General of National Disaster Response Force apprised that 73 NDRF teams have been pre-positioned in vulnerable areas of flood-affected states along with all necessary equipment. These teams are in addition to the teams kept on alert at battalion headquarter and Regional Response Centers (RRC).

NDRF teams have also rescued about 750 persons in Assam and Bihar. Central Water Commission (CWC) informed that Brahmaputra, Beki, Jiabharali, Katakhal and Barak rivers in Assam and Kamla, Bagmati, Mahananda, Gandak rivers in Bihar are flowing above a danger mark.

Following which, both IMD and CWC are issuing forecast bulletins at regular intervals Control rooms in MHA, NDRF, IMD and CWC are keeping a close watch
on the situation on round the clock basis.

Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Home Affairs said that Shah has directed the Disaster Management Department to stay in touch with the flood-prone states
and take up necessary measures and remain alert to deal with floods.

Recently, Shah had spoken on the Karnataka crisis and said that the BJP would certainly conquer the southern states in the near future.

“The BJP is already the single largest party in Karnataka. If not immediately, we are sure to form the government there. And in the coming years, we have the potential to come to power in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala as well,” Shah had said, addressing a gathering of party workers at Shamshabad, Hyderabad.