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Assam flood situation turns critical, toll rises to 49

15 July 2017, 07:29 | Taylor George

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Assam continues to reel under flood fury

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju will lead a high-level central team to supervise rescue and relief in flood-hit northeastern states where lakhs have been affected by heavy rains and floods. In Assam there were 50 deaths and more than 1,7 million people affected, as well as 100,000 hectares of arable land and 2,500 flooded localities, the Disaster Management Authority said in a statement. "We will do assessment and submit a report soon", Sonowal told the media.

Human casualty in flood-hit Assam rose to 53 with three more bodies retrieved from different parts of the state on Friday. At the Kaziranga National Park, 62 per cent of the area is under water, leaving some animals dead and some moving to nearby highlands.

Singh also said that the prime minister has entrusted him of all responsibilities to extend all help from the Centre so that the state can tide over the impact of the flood.

The official said 619 people were rescued from Assam, 450 from Arunachal Pradesh, 217 from Tripura and three from Sikkim.

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The locals have been shifted to safer places after massive inundation in Assam following incessant rains causing floods. I share the pain of all those affected by floods. It has to be understood that the entire north-eastern region is situated at the epicentre of naturally ordained cataclysms like floods and quakes.

An official, who is now a part of the rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas, told OneIndia that this time people of Assam were very upset about the government mishandling the entire situation.

The minister has asked his officials to take necessary measures to provide paddy saplings after flood.

The natural catastrophe has claimed 23 lives during this ongoing monsoon, including 14 buried alive at Laptap village under Sagalee sub-division of Papum Pare district when a hillock came crushing during afternoon on July 11 last. He directed the department to take immediate steps to contain erosion and also convened a high-level meeting at the circuit house in Morigaon to review the situation.

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