Assam Floods Death Toll Touches 65

NF Railway to run special trains to provide succour to flood-hit areas in Assam

Official sources said here today that the number of affected population has come down to seven lakh in 17 districts.Five more deaths were reported from across the state in last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 65.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons lost their lives in Morigaon district of Central Assam. One death each was also reported from Goalpara and Golaghat district during the day.

The ASDMA said over 7.65 lakh people were suffering at present in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts.

In the neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, 14 people were killed two days ago after a landslide in Laptap village caused by flash floods. "We are asked to the district commissioners to provide adequate relief items to the flood-affected people", the Assam finance minister said.

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.

"The flood waters submerged around 1,96,700 hectares crop areas of the flood-hit districts and damaging 12 numbers embankments, around 604 roads and culverts and 71 numbers bridge".

"Those who are not in relief camps but affected by floods must also be provided relief", Sonowal said while reviewing the situation at the Assam Secretariat. The chief minister also instructed for taking appropriate steps for preventing diseases from spreading and taking epidemic form in flood affected areas by holding medical camps and taking other such measures. Approximately 1 million animals, including poultry have been affected and 1,652 houses have been damaged during this flood. ORS, Halogen tablets are being distributed in flood affected areas.

"All deputy commissioners must ensure that every family affected by the current floods is provided relief materials without delay".

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