New Delhi: As rains lashed through Assam, more than eight lakh people were affected across 21 of the 33 districts in the state, with the Brahmaputra river flowing above the danger mark. Six people have died so far.

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 the preparedness of the states and central ministries and agencies to deal with the situation.

"India Metrological Department (IMD) informed that during the last 3-4 days, Assam and Bihar have got excess rain fall with extremely heavy down pour. Heavy rain fall 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 equipments. These teams are in addition to the teams kept on alert at battalion head quarter and Regional Response Centers (RRC). NDRF Teams have also rescued about 750 persons in Assam and Bihar," the minustry said in a statement on Saturday.

At the same time, the Central Water Commission (CWC) informed that in Assam Brahmaputra, Beki, Jiabharali, Katakhal and Barak and in Bihar Kamla, Bagmati, Mahananda, Gandak rivers had breached the danger mark, flowing in "severe situation".

Following the review, 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."

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