Assam govt to provide new textbooks to flood-hit students

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Close to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state on Saturday.

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. It said one each died in Goalpara and Golaghat districts.

Across the state, 10,99,141 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters, the agency said.

Due to the impact of the floods, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in several districts, including Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Biswanath, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Golaghat, Majuli, Sivasagar and Karimganj.

"All district administrations have been provided enough funds ahead of the floods and instructions issued to distribute relief generously in all affected areas", finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal on Monday told deputy commissioners of flood-affected districts that the government would take disciplinary action against erring officials if any negligence or discrepancy were detected in distribution of relief materials to flood-affected people.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) authority has maintained smooth operation of railway services and are running special trains in flood-hit Assam where operation of passenger vehicles has been disrupted in many parts because of over topping highways by flood water.

Other rivers flowing above the danger mark include Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town.

Sonowal asked them to take adequate steps to ensure prevention and spread of diseases in flood affected areas by holding medical camps and taking other necessary measures.

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

The floods have the potential to drain the public exchequer as 200,000 hectares of cropland were submerged, which will affect the state's farming economy.

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