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Disaster in sight, help promise from Delhi

The Centre today offered essential supplies, rescue teams and several aircraft to deal with impending floods in the Kosi region.

The Bihar government also issued a flood alert in the northern districts and evacuated thousands of people in the wake of a massive landslide in Nepal.

Union telecommunications minister Ravishankar Prasad told reporters here today that eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the troubled areas and seven more would be sent soon.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all help should be rendered to Bihar as well as Nepal to meet any eventuality. A team of experts has been rushed to Nepal to help them with technical support. If the need be, more experts could be sent,” he also said.

The team of experts was rushed to Nepal after an emergency meeting of National Crisis Management Committee, headed by cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, on Saturday held an emergency meeting in view of the development and decided to send some experts to Nepal besides dispatching 15 NDRF teams to Bihar.