Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday directed the NDRF and all agencies dealing with flood rescue and relief operations to remain on high alert so that they can handle any situation arising out of the natural calamity.

The directive was issued at a high-level meeting chaired by Shah and attended by top officials.

“The home minister has directed the NDRF (National Disaster Relief Force) and all officials concerned to remain on high alert to deal with any situation arising out of the floods,” Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told reporters here.

Rai said the home minister directed the central government officials to be in regular touch with the states which were affected by the floods.

“The home minister said all efforts should be made to save lives and properties in flood-hit areas,” Rai said.

The meeting reviewed the rains in the country and officials briefed about the situation in Assam, Bihar and Meghalaya.

“NDRF teams have already been deployed in the affected states and, if required, more teams will be sent. We are ready to provide whatever help the states will need. 24- hour control rooms have also been set up by the agencies concerned,” he said.