Assam flood toll mounts to 59

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

The overall flood situation in the State is improving with the number of villages affected coming down to 1,795 from yesterdays 2,240.

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. Twenty-four districts remained affected by the floods even as the water level of the Brahmaputra and its major tributaries showed signs of receding at several places.

“Students from Class I to X whose books have been damaged or lost during the floods can inform their school headmasters before July 25. Over 50 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park is still under water, affecting 93 anti-poaching camps, it said. "But there is no lack of will on our part", state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. We have also appealed to the private sector to hold health camps in the flood-hit areas, ” he said, adding the Veterinary Department has also been asked to step up relief for animals.

The NFR has also deputed doctors and medical staff with materials to flood-affected North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts of Assam. He reiterated that there is no dearth of funds for flood relief and the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to spend “liberally”.

Meanwhile, though the district administration has been claiming to have distributed sufficient relief material, there were reports from different flood hit areas regarding non receipt of adequate relief materials. “Work on them will start immediately after the floods.

Authorities are running 280 relief camps and distribution centres in 15 districts, where 22,837 persons are now taking shelter.

Saying that the state government had already paid an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of 41 out of the 52 killed in the floods, Mr Sarma said that there was a possibility of a few people having been left out in the relief distribution, but majority had got relief.

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