60 killed, 10 lakh affected in Assam floods across 21 districts

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

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

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.

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.

Assam government will provide free textbooks to the students studying in the government-run schools up to Class X, whose textbooks were damaged in the current deluge in the state.

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

Assam Finance and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the state government has chose to provide textbooks to the flood affected students within the month of August, those lost their textbooks in the flood. We will get the requirement from the districts by July 30 and we hope we will be able to provide the textbooks by August-end, ” Sarma said. Mobile Medical Units are also pressed into services. We have also appealed to the private sector to hold health camps in the flood-hit areas, ” he said, adding the Veterinary Department has also been asked to step up relief for animals.

"The flood waters submerged around 1,96,700 hectares crop areas of the flood-hit districts and damaging 12 numbers embankments, around 604 roads and culverts and 71 numbers bridge". Further, all relevant departments have been asked to assess the extent of damage to infrastructure and submit their financial estimate by August 15 next, so that funds can be released and fix work can commence by September-October, the minister said. About 122,000 people were rendered homeless and are living in relief shelters.

Some of the Ministers and MLAs, who have been undertaking visits to their areas due to the floods, have also been facing the ire of the marooned people due to lack of proper distribution of relief materials. The materials are not reaching these people, ” he admitted.

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