Chief Minister Mayawati, who today undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts of Uttar Pradesh, made a written appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a Rs 2000-crore package for carrying out relief operations in the state.
"The floods in different districts of the state following incessant rains have caused massive damages and there is an immediate requirement of Rs 2000 crore to deal with it," Mayawati said in the letter.
A detailed list of damages caused by floods was being sought from the affected-districts on the basis of which a memorandum would be presented to the Centre later. But as per preliminary estimates, there is a loss of about Rs 2000 crore," she said.
Besides this, Rs 1000 crore is required for western Uttar Pradesh which has also been declared flood-hit, while the rest is required for the affected districts in other parts of the state including eastern districts.
Mayawati has requested the Centre to release this amount immediately in view of the magnitude of damages caused by floods.
Giving a detailed account of the losses, she said release of water in the dams has adversely hit the situation, especially in the western part where roads have been inundated and villages marooned.
"The state government is carrying out flood relief works on war footing to provide relief to the affected people," she added.