The Indian Railways has decided to transport relief material booked by various agencies to flood affected districts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka free of charge. The Railway Ministry has directed the General Managers of South Central Railway and South Western Railway to extend all possible assistance to the state governments concerned in carrying out relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday sanctioned an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of the deceased from the PM’s National Relief Fund.
Relief material may be booked by District Magistrate,Relief Commissioner,Government and Non-Government Organizations,recognized political parties,trusts,philanthropic organisations,social services organisations,reputed press and electronic media for transportation by rail from any station in the country to flood affected districts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The Railways will not charge any money for this kind of transportation. The relief material so transported will be distributed under the supervision of the authorities of the state government, a railways ministry release said. This scheme will remain valid up to December 4,2009.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve flooded
Lakhimpur (UP): The unprecedented floods caused by rivers originating from Nepal have wrought havoc in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and disturbed the ecology of the area,posing threat to wildlife species. The entire ecology of the reserve has been disturbed due to floods. The ideal habitats of swamp deer,including Sathiyana,are still submerged in flood waters, officials here said. PTI