Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Assam flood: Govt stepped up medical relief measures

Assam flood: Govt stepped up medical relief measures

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons lost their lives in Morigaon district of Central Assam.

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

The affected districts include Dhemaji, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Soputh Salmara, Golapara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Karimganj, and Cachar.

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At present 1, 102 villages in 17 districts are still inundated where a total of 40,799.48 hectare agricultural land are inundated.

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

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday directed all deputy commissioners to ensure that families affected by the current wave floods is provided with relief materials, as the death toll touched 65.

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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. "Around 1.22 lakh people have been taken shelter in the 320 relief camps set up by the district administration", Sarma said. The chief minister directed the DCs to take steps for repairing and rebuilding the houses that are damaged fully or partially by floods and he also issued direction to the DCs for repairing the embankments which are damaged by flood in coordination with the Water Resource Department as soon as the water level recedes. The Barak river in southern Assam however continued to flow above the red mark, as also several tributaries of the Brahmaputra, including the Dhansiri in Golaghat district.

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.

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