Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms

Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms

Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms

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.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died in Morigaon district, raising the death toll to 60 in this year's flood related incidents.

At the Kaziranga National Park, 38 per cent of the area is under water, leaving some animals dead and some moving to nearby highlands.

A day after angry protests by flood victims, who blocked the entry of a minister in the worst-hit Majuli district, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that there was no dearth of funds and district administrations had been asked to provide relief generously to those affected.

He also directed steps to be taken for repairing and rebuilding houses that are damaged fully or partially by the floods.In addition, he also asked them to ensure fix of embankments damaged by flood in coordination with the water resource department as soon as water level recedes.

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Other rivers flowing above the danger mark include Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Barak at AP Ghat in Cachar and Badarpurghat in Karimganj, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town.

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.

Several NGOs meanwhile have launched a collection drive for relief materials including water, food, cloth and medicine for 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.

"All deputy commissioners must ensure that every family affected by the current floods is provided relief materials without delay".

Flood relief being distributed by Goodricke Indias Dejoo Tea Estate at Bogeleejan in North Lakhimpur on Sunday.

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