Assam Flood Update: The flood situation in Assam remains grim and a population of about 43 lakhs is affected in 33 out of 35 districts of the state. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed to air-drop food and other relief materials in the areas severely affected by the floods. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force will supply 1 lakh liters of diesel and petrol to Silchar on June 21.
At the same time, he has also spoken to the Indian Railways and that too has agreed to run a special relief train in this region of the Northeast. CM Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that several units of the Indian Army are engaged in relief and rescue work in the flood-affected areas. NDRF, SDRF, state government departments, several social organizations are engaged in relief and rescue operations. The CM said that more than 2000 villages of Nagaon and Morigaon districts are still in the grip of flood water in the state. We are carrying out relief and rescue operations there as well.
Death toll rises to 73
The death toll in the ongoing floods and landslides in the state rose to 73 on Monday. The dead included two policemen, including a police station in-charge of Nagaon district, who had gone to help the helpless people but were washed away in the flood waters. Their bodies were recovered early Monday, officials said.
Sarma held a digital meeting with his ministers, senior state government officials and deputy commissioners. He directed that top priority should be given to relief and rescue operations and there should be no delay. He said that where the flood situation is serious and the boats of Army, NDRF or SDRF have not reached, relief material should be dropped by air.
Officers should focus on action, not law – CM Hemant Biswa Sarma
The Chief Minister said that for the next few days, the district officials should not be concerned with the rules of procedure, but should focus on providing relief to the affected people. He said that if some areas have not been included in the relief manual, then we will ensure that they come under the state-owned priority development schemes and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Sarma directed the officials to plan region-wise mega health camps with the help of nine medical colleges in the state to ensure that post-flood diseases are dealt with effectively. He directed the Deputy Commissioners of the districts to immediately start the assessment of the damage as soon as the flood water recedes and complete the work at the earliest.
How many people took shelter in relief camps due to floods?
Around 1.90 lakh people have taken shelter in 744 relief camps. Relief material has been distributed from 403 temporary centers to the affected people who did not go to the camps. Officials said that NDRF, SDRF, Police and other agencies have so far evacuated around 30,000 people to safer places.
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