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3.5 lakh affected in renewed Assam floods

A woman with her children rows a makeshift raft across flood waters in the Kamrup district of Assam on Friday. (PTI Photo)

 

Guwahati, August 11 (AGENCIES): Following a brief reprieve, Assam was once again hit by a fresh wave of floods on Thursday as heavy rains battered the state leading to a deluge in at least 700 villages across 15 districts of the state affecting over 3.5 lakh people.

 

The current wave of flood according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) was triggered following incessant rains in the state for the last 24 hours and at least six rivers are in spate and showing that they are flowing above danger levels.

 

The surging water have also affected 19,481.48 hectares of the agricultural lands.

 

A total of 3,54,326 people have been affected in the 15 districts due to the current wave of floods while close to 14,000 people have taken shelter in 45 relief camps opened by the concerned district administration.

 

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is New Delhi on Friday directed chief secretary to reach out to the flood affected people and intensify relief and rescue operations in the State.

 

Chief Minister Sonowal directed chief secretary VK Pipersenia to hold a video conference and talk to the deputy commissioners (DCs) of all the affected districts and assess the intensity of the sudden flood.

 

Secretary has asked the Deputy Commissioners to reach out to the affected people and undertake relief and rescue operations on a war footing. Chief Secretary also asked the DCs to visit the affected areas.

 

He said that the State has sufficient funds to meet any exigencies arising out of the flood and respective districts must inform him about their requirements immediately.

 

Last of wave of flood affected 25 lakh of people in 29 districts of the state and led to death of 76 people.

Prime minister, Narendra Modi visited Assam on August 1 and took stock of the flood situation. He announced a package of Rs 2350 crore for the entire northeast to deal with the flood situation.

 

 

 



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