Floods claim 22 lives in Assam; CM reviews situation

06 July, Guwahati

As many as 22 people have lost their lives in current wave of floods in Assam even as the overall situation continued to remain grim.

As many as 14 districts are reeling under floods, with over six rivers, including the Brahmaputra, in spate in different locations. Over 3.97 lakh people have been affected so far, with Karimgabj been the worst-hit. Three more lives were claimed by the floods today, taking the toll to 22, the official sources said here.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed Revenue and Disaster Management Department and district administrations to reach out to the affected people and step up relief and rescue operations across the State.

In an emergency review meeting here, Mr Sonowal took stock of the prevailing flood situation in the State and directed district administrations both civil and police to provide relief materials including pure drinking water, medical facilities and security to the camp inmates. He asked Revenue and Disaster Management Department to disburse an ex-gratia relief to the next of the family members of those killed in the current spate of flood within 48 hours.

Sonowal asked Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department along with SDRF to undertake operations to rescue the marooned animals and provide fodder to cattle.

The chief minister asked the MPs and MLAs to remain in their constituencies and supervise rescue and relief operations. Sonowal directed Agriculture Department to ensure supply of superior quality seeds to the farmers whose crops have been devastated in the flood.

He also asked APDCL to see that no casualties take place due to electrocution. Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, chief secretary VK Pipersenia, additional chief secretaries, senior officers of all the line departments were present at the meeting.

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