21 Jun 2022

Eleven Dead in Assam Floods, Amit Shah Drives Himanta Sharma!

The flood situation in Assam remains tense as all major rivers, which have affected more than 47 lakh people and claimed 11 lives, as Union Interior Minister Amit Shah called on Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to inquire about the state of affairs, officials said. .
The state has been hit hard by floods in the past one week, affecting 47,72,140 people in 32 of the 36 districts.

New deaths have brought the death toll from floods this year in Assam to 82, according to a report released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

Three deaths have been recorded in Darang, two in Nagaon - police washed away while trying to rescue missing people - and one in Cachar, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup and Lakhimpur.

Seven people were reported missing, two in Udalguri and Kamrup and one in Cachar, Darrang and Lakhimpur.

"The Honorable HM Shri @AmitShah ji has called twice since this morning to inquire about the state of floods in Assam. He informed that a team of officials will soon be sent by the Department of Home Affairs to assess the damage caused by this natural disaster. on Monday.

Sources at the Prime Minister's Office said Amit Shah's first call was to inquire about the state of the floods and the second to inform the prime minister that a government inter-government team would soon be sent to assess the damage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also summoned the Prime Minister of Assam on Saturday to inquire about the situation and assured him of any possible assistance to the Institute.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Conference Debabrata Saikia has asked the Prime Minister for a package of at least R20,000 crore to do relief work in flood-prone areas over the past three to four years.

He called on the Institute to address the issue of floods and erosion of the state as a national catastrophe.

Meanwhile, Mr Sarma held a special meeting with state ministers, senior officials and deputy district commissioners to review the flood situation.

The prime minister said aid and rescue operations in the Barak Valley would be intensified by joint ventures with additional NDRF groups from the neighboring provinces of Manipur and Tripura.

Mr Sarma said he had been in contact with his Meghalaya counterpart to restore traffic jams on the Jowai-Badarpur road which had been damaged by floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the North East Frontier Railways (NFR) said trains carrying aid, including petrol and diesel and medical aid, would be sent to the affected areas.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 5,424 villages, with 2,31,819 people displaced in 810 relief camps.

Assistance was being distributed and was coming from 615 centers for people not being sheltered in such camps.

Rivers Kopili, Brahmaputra, Puthimari, Pagladia, Beki Barak and Kushiara are flowing beyond the level of danger, officials said.

Urban floods were reported in Barpeta, Cachar, Darrang, Goalpara, Kamrup (Metropolitan), Karimganj districts and landslides in Kamrup and Karimganj districts on Monday.

A total of 1,13,485.37 hectares of crops have been affected, with 5,232 animals eroded.

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