Assam flood claims 7 more lives; 12 lakh affected

NF Railway to run special trains to provide succour to flood-hit areas in Assam
Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms
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15 July, 2017

With this, the toll in this year's flood related cases has gone up to 59, including eight in Guwahati.

But the government dismissed the allegations, saying adequate resources are allotted for flood survivors and efforts are being made to save the marooned people and distribute relief quickly.

The flood situation in Assam remained grim today as seven more deaths were reported and almost 12 lakh people in 24 districts were affected by the deluge. In the worst-affected Lakhimpur district where flash floods triggered off by release of water from a hydel project dam by the public sector North-Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) last week, thousands of families who lost their belongings were looking towards the government to compensate them adequately for their loss.

The number of affected population came down to about 12 lakh in 24 districts.A few rivers, including the Brahmaputra, were still flowing over the danger level at different places.Meanwhile, asserting that the state had enough funds to provide relief to all affected people, state Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma said here today, "There is absolutely no dearth of funds". "We had provided relief money to the deputy commissioners before the floods this year and we can provide money as sought by them".

Besides, 52 percent of the Kaziranga National Park remained under water on Saturday, which has also affected 93 anti-poaching camps in Agaratoli, Kohora, Bagori, Burhapahar and Biswanathghat.

Assam Finance and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the state government has made a decision to provide textbooks to the flood affected students within the month of August, those lost their textbooks in the flood. The relief fund was unspent past year and still over Rs 300 crores are lying in the state coffers.

Over 66,516 hectares of agricultural land continue to be affected by floods, the ASDMA report said.

The forest department as well as the Kaziranga National Park authorities have deployed additional forces, including outside the park, to monitor and track the animals which have strayed outside the park due to the floods.

Authorities are running 279 relief camps and distribution centres in 16 districts, where 24,423 people are now taking shelter. In Guwahati, also, water logging incidents have been reported, ASDMA said.

Floodwaters receded in some areas on Saturday but the Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger mark in Jorhat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri.


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