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Rajnath Singh announces Rs 4 lakh compensation for Assam flood victims

Floods affect 19 lakh people in Assam, 20 killed; Rajnath Singh conducts aerial survey

NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday conducted aerial survey of the flood-affected+ state of Assam to take stock of the situation.

Addressing a press conference after the survey, the minister announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the victims of the flood. “The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for victims of the flood,” he said. Rajnath took stock of Kaziranga, Nagaon and Morigaon, some of the worst-affected areas in Assam.

 Briefing media about the situation, Rajnath said that NDRF and SDFR teams are on the job and around 60 boats have been deployed for rescue operations. Describing the situation in the state as ‘grim’, he also appealed country’s NGOs to come forward and help the victims.
Applauding the efforts of Sonowal government in Assam, Rajnath said, “It is heartwarming to see the government and other political representatives helping the rescue and relief operations in Assam.The CM and his team are doing well in managing the situation.”

Singh on Saturday morning left for Assam to take take stock of the situation following heavy rain and floods.

 Twenty six people have lost their lives and nearly 36 lakh have been affected across more than 3,300 villages in 28 districts in the state.

Guwahati: As the flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh were also on the flight.

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“Leaving New Delhi for Guwahati to take stock of the situation in flood-affected areas of Assam,” Rajnath Singh had tweeted earlier this morning. The minister is also expected to visit the Bhagatgaon camp set up for the flood-affected residents in Morigaon district.

At least 20 persons have been killed so far in Assam due to the floods while an estimated 19 lakh people have been affected in the state’s 21 districts.

The floods in Assam have been triggered by heavy rainfall and swelling of rivers caused due to incessant rains in upper catchment areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.

The worst affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon and Sonitpur, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

The other affected districts are Sivsagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Tinsukia, Biswanath, Nalbari, Baksa, Udalgluri, Kamrup (M), Chirang, Kamrup and South Kamrup, the ASDMA said.

The mighty Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nematighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns.

NDRF, SDRF and the Army are helping the administration in evacuating the affected population to safe places.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams with deep divers have also been attached to the 27 Fire Stations of the State.

“Overflowing rivers are flooding new areas, making things worse,” said Keshab Mahanta, Assam`s water resource minister.

Authorities in Assam have opened more than 800 temporary shelters and food and medicines distribution centres across the state, a senior SDRF official said.

Flooding is an annual problem in Assam state.

source: Times Of India & Zee News

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