Lakh Affected In Assam Floods, Number Of Deaths Near 60

Cattle move through floodwater at Hiloikhunda village in Darrang district of Assam

The Assam minister said that, more than 2.5 million people of 3951 villages under 114 revenue circles of 29 districts are affected in the current flood and claimed 52 lives till July 15.

The death toll in the Assam flood climbed to 60 on Sunday with the authorities reporting one death in Morigaon district.

Currently, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Dhubri town. Till yesterday, 10 lakh people were affected in the latest wave of floods across 21 districts in the state. It said one each died in Goalpara and Golaghat districts.

He also directed steps to be taken for repairing and rebuilding houses that are damaged fully or partially by the floods.In addition, he also asked them to ensure fix of embankments damaged by flood in coordination with the water resource department as soon as water level recedes.

Speaking to the media Governor Purohit assured that the issue of release of dam water by NEEPCOs Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Power plant at Yazali in Arunachal Pradesh, which added misery to the flood situation in North Lakhimpur, would be investigated by experts.

While the flood-affected people have started leaving relief camps for their homes in several districts, severe shortage of safe drinking water, food, medicine and cloth have rung alarm bells, prompting chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to direct deputy commissioners in the affected districts to ensure that every flood-affected family was provided with relief materials without delay.

It said that rail services are fully operational and have not been affected by the flood in Assam.

The Assam minister also instructed to the district commissioners to conduct extensive medical camps in the flood-hit areas once the flood waters gradually receding. Farmers in the flood affected areas should also be provided quality seeds for cultivation in coordination with the District Agriculture Officers, Mr Sonowal directed. 24 districts of Assam have been affected during this current phase of floods.

Relief materials have been distributed by various organisations to the flood-affected people in North Lakhimpur.

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