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Assam floods: Death toll reaches 50

Guwahati/New Delhi, JUL 19 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/19/2019 11:38:18 AM IST

While flood situation in Assam improved on Friday, death toll in the current wave of flood has increased to 50. Flood has affected 48,87,443 people, reports The Economic Times. 

On Friday an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked Northeast India. It had its epicentre in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Kameng district. However till now there is no report of any casualty due to earthquake. 

Flood waters in several districts are receding around 3,705 number of villages in 92 revenue circles of 27 districts are witnessing flooding. 

Presently, 755 numbers of Relief Camps are operational and there is 1, 47,833 inmates staying in the relief camps and 304 Relief Distribution Centres are operating. 

Presently, 755 numbers of Relief Camps are operational and there is 1, 47,833 inmates staying in the relief camps and 304 Relief Distribution Centres are operating. 

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the flood situation in Majuli and also inspected Geo Bag erosion prevention work at Dakhinpat Kumar Gaon. He also visited the embankment at Opholamukh damaged by this year’s floods and directed the Brahmpautra Board and Water Resource officials to complete the erosion prevention works on war footing. 

Centre to study frequent floods in Assam

With Assam getting affected by floods every year, the government will conduct a topographical study of the state to understand the reasons behind the inundation, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said Thursday. In an interaction with reporters late Thursday night, Shekhawat said the northeastern state was hit by a massive earthquake some 50 years ago that affected the topography, and more importantly the flow of the rivers. Bramhaputra is a major river that flows through the state. The team will have experts from different organisations, including the Central Water Commission, the Union minister said. The swelling of the Bramhaputra is a yearly phenomenon that inundates large parts of the state and also leads to loss of life and property. Currently, large parts of Assam have been witnessing flooding.  Shekhawat said the Centre will also do aquifer mapping of 240 districts that have recorded stressed ground water level. This, he said, will help in planning water conservation methods in a better way.

PM assures delegation of Assam MPs of help to tide over flood crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday assured a delegation of MPs from Assam of providing all central assistance to the flood-hit state where 28 of the 33 districts have been affected by the deluge.   The assurance to 10 BJP MPs from Assam came when they called on the Prime Minister to apprise him about the flood situation in the state and urged him to provide financial assistance to tide over the crisis. “The Prime Minister gave us a patient hearing and assured that all central assistance will be given to the state government to provide succour to the distress people,” MP from Mangaldoi Dilip Saikia told reporters after the meeting. Later, the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, “A delegation of MPs from Assam, including Union Minister Shri Rameswar Teli met PM @narendramodi. There were discussions on the prevailing flood situation in the state and the steps being taken to assist those affected (sic).”

 

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