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Rajnath visits flood-ravaged Assam

Published on 31 Jul. 2016 12:47 AM IST
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With the monsoon trough moving toward northern parts of India, overflowing reservoirs and swirling rivers have claimed more than 58 lives over the last few days in Assam, Meghalaya and Bihar, displacing close to 50 lakh people and rendering tens of thousands homeless.
National Disaster Response Force and State rescue and relief teams evacuated people from the danger zones and moved them to camps. In Assam, which was the worst-affected on Saturday, more than 29 people lost their lives in the floods, and about 19 lakh people in 3,300 villages were displaced from their homes. Close to 80 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhinoceros, lay submerged following the rains.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, accompanied by Minster for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) Dr Jitendra Singh and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal, conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of the state. In all, 14 NDRF flood rescue teams have been deployed and 64 boats pressed into service in Assam.
Singh held a review meeting with the Chief Minister, senior government officials and rescue and relief teams, and promised all help from the Centre.
3 killed, 2 missing in Meghalaya floods
Three people, including a woman and minor girl drowned and two missing in the flood-hit areas of western Meghalaya on Saturday, even as thousands of people are living in makeshift shelters.
The flood waters, which have affected the normal life of over one lakh people in 258 villages, have started to recede in some of the affected areas, West Garo Hills District Magistrate Pravin Bakshi said.
The district magistrate informed that two people are reportedly missing, and efforts are on to trace them.
A total number of 1,21,535 people in 258 villages were affected after the swollen Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers submerged many villages under Phulbari, Rajabala, Singimari, Paham, Bhaitbari and Hallidayganj areas.
The Jingiram, one of the major rivers in Garo Hills, caused havoc after a major embankment was breached. The backflow of water in the Brahmaputra in Assam aggravated the floods.
National People’s Party President, Conrad K. Sangma, who is the Lok Sabha member from Tura, urged the state government to ensure supply of essential commodities and safe-drinking water to the affected people besides taking immediate steps to prevent outbreak of water borne diseases.
Speaker Abu Taher Mondal, who has been camping in his Phulbari assembly constituency, said that government will start the supply of relief material to displaced people from Sunday.
Bihar flood situation still grim; 26 dead
Many rivers were flowing above danger level in Bihar as swirling flood waters continued to wreak havoc in the state with 26.19 lakh people affected. 
Two more districts of East Champaran and Muzaffarpur were declared as flood-hit today, Disaster Management Department said in a statement. 
The department officials said 26.19 lakh people residing in 2,034 villages in 60 flood-affected blocks of 12 districts have been rendered homeless. 
The 12 districts which are affected by the flood are - Araria, Supaul, Darbhanga, Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar, Madhepura, Bahgalpur, Saharsa, Gopalganj, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur. 
Around 1.86 lakh hectares of land have been affected by the floods caused due to rise in the water levels of rivers Mahananda, Bakhra, Kankai, Parmar and Kosi. 
Crops spread over 3.39 lakh hectares have been affected even as the quantum of loss was under assessment. 
Around 4.81 lakh people have been displaced while 2.47 lakh people were sheltered in the 412 relief camps being run by the government. 

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