Flood claims 19 lives in Assam, Sonowal reviews situation

Elias Hubbard
July 7, 2017

Almost 4 lakh people are reeling under the fury of flood in 15 districts.

Flood water damaged houses, roads, crop land and embankments.

The deaths included drownings or fatal injuries from collapsed homes in Assam state, where the mighty Brahmaputra River was flowing above the danger level, swelled by the heavy rain in the past two weeks, the state's disaster management authority said.

The flood affected districts are Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Hojai, Majuli, Barpeta, Chirang, Nagaon and Nalbari. So far, 19 people have lost their lives in flood related incidents in Assam.

The flood water has submerged the low lying areas of the Kaziranga national park.

Meanwhile, in view of surging water level and consequent flooding of 15 districts of the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed Revenue and Disaster Management Department and district administration to reach out to the affected people and step up relief and rescue operations across the State.

Officials and activists working for the relief and rescue operations in the state say that the entire flood situation becomes worse because most of the affected are poor people. He also sanctioned ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the family members of those killed in the current floods within 48 hours.

The current wave of flood besides affecting 47 revenue circles and 857 revenue villages took a toll on more than 3 lakhs 94 thousand people necessitating the Government to open 128 relief camps for 41, 487 camp inmates.

Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, chief secretary VK Pipersenia, additional chief secretaries, senior officers of all the line departments were present at the meeting. Water Resource minister Keshab Mahanta holds review meeting with the officials to fix breaches.

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