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The government has directed authorities to use experts from space technology and Indian Space Research Organisation to assess the damage caused by floods and landslides in the Northeast in which nearly 80 people have died till now. In Assam alone, at least 49 deaths have been reported and over 17 lakh people have been affected in 26 districts across the state because of the deluge.
Minister for Development of North East Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said that he has approached the Health Ministry to undertake measures to prevent the outbreak of epidemics and Telecom Ministry for the restoration of communication lines.
“I have asked the Resident Commissioners of northeastern states to work in close coordination with the DoNER Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office to further monitor the situation,” said Singh while chairing a review meeting.
Also, the DoNER Ministry and the PMO are in touch with a team led by MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju over the situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, he said.
“The damage caused by the rainfall is unprecedented and a total of 58 districts have been affected due to floods/landslides in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur. Around 80 lives have been lost,” he added.
On Thursday, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit districts in Assam. Rijiju had ordered the authorities to speed up rescue operations since it had not rained in the state the past two days.
The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation said 17 hog deer were rescued from the Kaziranga National Park, and 13 of them were released again into the wild on Thursday.
“Two were found dead on arrival and two are under care at CWRC,” the organisation said in a statement. “One male rhino calf, aged about 3-4 months and displaced from Burhapahar Forest Range due to floods, has been admitted today.”