Assam flood: Govt stepped up medical relief measures

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

According to a report by the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), lately, 7 people were killed in various flood-related incidents in Goalpara, Jorhat and Lakhimpur districts.

With this, the toll in this year's flood-related cases has gone up to 59, including eight in Guwahati.

The flood situation in Assam marginally improved today with the water level receding, amid reports of one more death and over 10 lakh people affected across 21 districts in the state.

He directed the five districts covered by the Kaziranga National Park - Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Biswanath Chariali and Sonitpur - to take stringent steps to safeguard wild animals affected by floods with help from police and the Forest Department.

ASDMA said 1,512 villages are under water and almost 50,000 hectares of crop area inundated.

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Special care has taken for pregnant woman, infants, children and elderly people at flood hit areas.

The worst affected is south Salmara, where over 3.07 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, followed by Dhubri with more than 1.88 lakh people marooned. Mr. Sarma said, almost 4 thousand villages have been affected in 29 districts in the current wave of floods. He directed officials to take steps to fix and rebuild the houses damaged by floods and fix the embankment breached by floods.

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.

Authorities were running 256 relief camps and distribution centres in 13 districts, where 18,931 persons were now taking shelter.

Water resources minister Keshab Mahanta was heckled on Friday by flood-hit residents at Majuli, the Brahmaputra river island and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal's constituency, for alleged delay in handing relief material such as food and water. Due to the impact of the flood waters, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in many districts, including Cachar, Biswanath, Barpeta, Morigaon and Chirang.

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