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Assam Floods: Centre sanctions ₹1,000 cr relief to tackle situation

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Guwahati:  Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday announced that the Government of India has sanctioned ₹1,000 crores for Assam to deal with the current flood situation in Assam.

CM Sarma also informed that the State Government has already released ₹150 cr to the district authorities.

Taking to Twitter CM Sarma wrote, “The Centre has sanctioned ₹1,000 cr for Assam and we have already released ₹150 cr to the district authorities. We have sufficient funds to deal with the situation. Our Govt machinery is working 24×7 to help affected people and undertake relief measures.”

A report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday revealed that more than 6.62 lakh people in 27 districts of Assam have been affected by the current spell of floods in the state.

As per the report, 2.88 lakh people are affected alone in Nagaon district followed by 1.19 people affected in Cachar, 1.07 lakh in Hojai, 60562 in Darrang, 27282 in Biswanath, 19755 in Udalguri district.

“1413 villages under 70 revenue circles are affected in this wave of flood and floodwaters submerged 46160.43 hectares of cropland,” the report stated.

In the Cachar district, one person drowned in floodwaters.

The district administrations have set up 135 relief camps and 113 distribution centres where 48,304 flood affected people including 6,911 children and 50 pregnant women/lactating mothers are taking shelter, the report informed.

The water level of the Kopili river at Kampur in the Nagaon district is still flowing above the danger level mark and has crossed its highest level.

On Wednesday, 8,054 persons were rescued by the Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, and the Fire and Emergency Services teams in various flood hit districts. 

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