Assam: Floods receding, but situation still grim; death toll rises to 65


The death toll stood at 65.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Saturday said that 11,93,458 people have been suffering in 1,795 villages in 24 districts. It said one each died in Goalpara and Golaghat districts. Till yesterday, 10 lakh people were affected in the latest wave of floods across 21 districts in the state.

While the flood-affected people have started leaving relief camps for their homes in several districts, severe shortage of safe drinking water, food, medicine and cloth have rung alarm bells, prompting chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to direct deputy commissioners in the affected districts to ensure that every flood-affected family was provided with relief materials without delay.

The Brahmaputra water-level has gone down the red mark in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Biswanath, Tezpur, Guwahati and Goalpara, with official reports saying it was flowing above the danger level only in Dhubri. He directed officials to take steps to fix and rebuild the houses damaged by floods and fix the embankment breached by floods.

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Assam floods claimed five more lives today, even as the overall situation improved marginally with around 8 lakh people affected across 17 districts in the state.

"Farmers in the flood affected areas should be provided quality seeds for cultivation in coordination with the district agriculture officers", he said.

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. The chief minister also instructed for taking appropriate steps for preventing diseases from spreading and taking epidemic form in flood affected areas by holding medical camps and taking other such measures.

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. ORS, Halogen tablets are being distributed in flood affected areas.