Flood scene improves, death toll up to 35

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PM calls up CM, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for families of flood victims

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 3: The flood situation has improved in the state even as a total of 13,26,815 people of 1636 villages under 49 revenue circles of 20 districts are still under water, according to a report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) here on Friday.

One more person died at Athani in Dhubri district taking the death toll to 35.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone Friday and took stock of the latest flood & erosion and COVID-19 situation in the State.

During the talk, Sonowal apprised the Prime Minister about the havoc wrought by the latest wave of flood, which has submerged vast tract of agricultural land in the state and crippled normal life.

The Prime Minister during the talk expressed solidarity with the people of the state and said that the Central government stands shoulder to shoulder with the efforts of the Assam government to overcome the challenging situations. He also assured all kinds of supports from the Union Government to the State Government to tide over the present crisis situation.

Modi has sanctioned ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for next of kin of persons who lost their lives due to floods in Assam from PMNRF,” PMO tweeted on Friday night.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri, Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing (Sonitpur), Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon district and Beki is flowing above the danger level at Road Bridge in Barpeta district.

The affected districts are: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Tinsuskia.

A total of 67628.06 crop area has been inundated by the floods.

Altogether 156 relief camps have been opened where 11,741 people are taking shelter. Barpeta is the worst affected district followed by South salmara and Goalpara districts.

In Barpeta, 7,41,458 peoeple of 612 villages under 7 revenue circles have been affected. In South Salmara, 1,95,312 people of 65 villages under 2 revenue circles have been affected in the floods, while the deluge affected 93,311 people of 147 villages under 4 revenue circles in Goalpara district.

The water level in Kaziranga National park is receding. However, 70 per cent of the park area is still under water. Of 223 forest camps, 3 have been vacated and 48 camps have been affected in the deluge.

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