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Assam flood toll mounts to 59

17 July 2017, 02:15 | Anna Nguyen

Cattle move through floodwater at Hiloikhunda village in Darrang district of Assam

Cattle move through floodwater at Hiloikhunda village in Darrang district of Assam

An affected village at Dhakuakhana, on Saturday.

The flood situation in Assam marginally improved today with the water level receding, amid reports of one more death and over 10 lakh people affected across 21 districts in the state.

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.

“Students from Class I to X whose books have been damaged or lost during the floods can inform their school headmasters before July 25.

The Assam minister said that, the state government had also provided feeds to the flood-affected animals in Kaziranga National Park.

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Sarma, who also holds the Health portfolio, said the district administrations have been directed to conduct extensive medical camps to prevent any outbreak of diseases after the floodwaters recede.

Almost 1.2 million people were affected by the floods in 24 of the state's 32 districts.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) authority has maintained smooth operation of railway services and are running special trains in flood-hit Assam where operation of passenger vehicles has been disrupted in many parts because of over topping highways by flood water. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner said that health as well as veterinary camps have been organised in the district.

Himanta Biswa Sarma further said that, a ministerial group of the union government will visit the state soon and the centre asked the state government to submit a memorandum with all damage costs. We have asked the respective departments to provide the project reports by August 15 so that work can start by September/October, ” he said. “Some people are reluctant to leave their homes and are not staying in the relief camps.

But the government dismissed the allegations, saying adequate resources are allotted for flood survivors and efforts are being made to save the marooned people and distribute relief quickly.



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