Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed round-the-clock monitoring of the situation in the flood affected districts through patrolling and drones.

He has also asked the district magistrates to accord top priority to flood relief work.

The chief minister has also asked officials to constantly update information about the release of water from dams and reservoirs, and also make adequate arrangements for repair of flood protection embankments where there is threat of breach or leakage.

Yogi said adequate arrangements must be made for fodder and vaccination of the cattle.

Backward Class Welfare Minister Anil Rajbhar, after visiting the flood affected district, said here at a press conference on Sunday that as many as 802 villages in 20 districts were affected by floods.

He said all the flood protection embankments were safe and there was no cause of worry.

He said Sharda river in Lakhimpur, Saryu at Turtipar in Ballia, Rapti at Birdaghat in Gorakhpur and at Elgin Bridge in Barabanki, were flowing above the danger mark.

He said for dealing with the flood calamity, control rooms had been set up at the district and the state levels.

Rajbhar said 15 teams of NDRF had been deployed in flood-affected districts for rescue and relief works. He said besides NDRA, 15 teams of SDRF and seven teams of PAC had also been deployed for relief operations in flood-affected districts.

The minister said so far 283 flood relief camps and 715 flood outposts have been set up in flood affected districts.

Rajbhar said the state government had issued detailed guidelines for flood relief work and for protection from floods.

He said foodgrain kits containing 17 items had been distributed among the flood-affected people and 178 cattle camps had been set up. He said so far over 6 lakh cattle had been vaccinated.

The minister said relief kits contains 10 kg wheat flour, 10 kg rice, 10 kg potato, 2 kg arhar dal, edible oil and other items of daily use. He said so far over 40,000 food relief kits had been distributed among the flood affected people.

The minister said over 1.82 lakh metres of tarpaulin had been distributed and 253 medical teams had been pressed into service in flood affected districts.

The flood-affected districts include Ambedkarnagar, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Balrampur, Barabanki, Basti, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Mau, Siddharthnagar, Maharajganj, Deoria, Sant Kabir Nagar, Pilibhit, Pratapgarh and Sitapur.

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