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Assam Flood Kills 22, State in Mayhem

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| July 8 , 2017 , 10:31 IST

The flood situation in Assam is getting worse, with reports of three more deaths, the total death toll has risen up to 22.

The flood has advanced to cover 17 districts of the state comprising of 49 revenue circles and 993 revenue villages affecting more than 4.25 lakh people. The government has so far opened 84 relief camps with a capacity of holding 22,641 people. These camps are opened in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar and Morigaon areas.

With the flood situation not getting better, the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday reviewed the situation his Cabinet colleagues and asked eight of them to visit the flood affected areas immediately.

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He directed them to ensure proper facilities for flood affected and relief camp inmates and step up relief and rescue operations.

The Agriculture Minister Atul Bora will visit Sivasagar, Golaghat and Jorhat, Environment and Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma will go to South Salmara and Goalpara. Water Resouces Minister Keshav Mahanta was directed to visit Nagaon, Morigaon and Hojai, Public Works Department Minister Parimal Suklabaidya will visit all districts of Barak Valley, Irrigation Minister Ranjit Dutta and Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley will visit Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Majuli, Public Health Engineering Minister Rihon Daimari and Revenue Minister Pallab Lochan Das will visit all the districts of lower Assam.

The Chief Minister has directed his cabinet ministers to assess the damage and take stock of their needs and grievances. He also directed the PWD minister to complete repairs of all roads in the state by the month end.

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In view of the erosion damage caused by the floods, the CM has directed Water Resources Minister Mahanta to take necessary steps, including ensuring availability of anti-erosion material for prompt action at affected sites. The Chief Minister stressed adopting the latest technology to prepare a plan to check erosion and directed the Water Resource Minister to procure dredgers for excavation of river beds.