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Assam Floods Death Toll Touches 65

Assam Floods Death Toll Touches 65

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), a total of 764,000 people had been hit by floods in 17 districts as of Monday.

Close to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state on Saturday. One death each was also reported from Goalpara and Golaghat district during the day. Though the water-level of the Brahmaputra and most of its tributaries receded considerably on Sunday, a fresh embankment breach in Morigaon district in central Assam caused extensive damage late Saturday night, inundating over a dozen villages in the Lahorighat sub-division. Other rivers like Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Barak at A P Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town were flowing above the danger marks.

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Speaking to the media Governor Purohit assured that the issue of release of dam water by NEEPCOs Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Power plant at Yazali in Arunachal Pradesh, which added misery to the flood situation in North Lakhimpur, would be investigated by experts. "We are asked to the district commissioners to provide adequate relief items to the flood-affected people", the Assam finance minister said.

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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The Assam minister further said that, the district administration had distributed 40,640 quintal rice, 7,530 quintal dal, 2,462 quintal salt, 16,298 liters mustard oil, 28,674 numbers tarpaulin among the flood-affected people and set up 711 relief distribution centres.

Sonowal also directed the the deputy commissioners to take along the people's representatives in properly managing relief and rescue operations and no lapse will be tolerated in providing relief material to the flood affected people. Farmers in the flood affected areas should also be provided quality seeds for cultivation in coordination with the District Agriculture Officers, Mr Sonowal directed.

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