Assam floods: Death toll reaches 59, threat of diseases looms

Kamrup A woman with her children rows a makeshift raft across flood waters in the Kamrup district of Assam on Friday

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Saturday as seven more deaths were reported and at least 12 lakh people in 24 districts were affected by the deluge.

Almost 1.2 million people were affected by the floods in 24 of the state's 32 districts. One person is missing so far in flood in the district.

The ASDMA said over 7.65 lakh people were suffering at present in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts. Mr. Sarma said, almost 4 thousand villages have been affected in 29 districts in the current wave of floods.

Reviewing the situation in a video-conference with the DCs, he asked them to take steps for repairing and rebuilding houses that were damaged fully or partially by floods.

While the flood-affected people have started leaving relief camps for their homes in several districts, severe shortage of safe drinking water, food, medicine and cloth have rung alarm bells, prompting chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to direct deputy commissioners in the affected districts to ensure that every flood-affected family was provided with relief materials without delay.

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While getting the feedback from the media concerning distribution of relief in flood affected areas, the reports of poor service by district Public Health Engineering department in providing drinking water has been acknowledged by the Deputy Commissioner.

The chief minister directed the DCs to take measures for preventing any criminal activity from taking place at the flood affected areas as well as the relief camps under direct supervision of Superintendents of Police (SP) of the districts.

Assam Finance and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the state government has made a decision to provide textbooks to the flood affected students within the month of August, those lost their textbooks in the flood.

Meanwhile, though the district administration has been claiming to have distributed sufficient relief material, there were reports from different flood hit areas regarding non receipt of adequate relief materials.

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