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PM takes stock of Assam flood scene; assures full support


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Guwahati, July 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of full cooperation to tackle the flood situation in the state, which has been reeling under rain-triggered deluge for about a month now.

The Prime Minister called Sarma on Monday to take stock of the flood situation in Assam.

“Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji called me a short while ago to enquire about the flood situation in Assam. I explained to him that Assam is experiencing a second wave of floods this year due to heavy rains in Arunachal Pradesh and part of our upper Assam districts,” the Assam chief minister stated on his official X social media handle.

“I also briefed him about the relief measures undertaken by the state government. He assured me of full cooperation from the Government of India in this hour of crisis,” Sarma said.

Meanwhile, Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal also had a telephonic discussion with chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding the grim flood situation in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and other parts of Assam.

Sonowal requested Sarma to provide all necessary assistance to the flood victims as well as all emergency efforts to mitigate the loss due to floods.

In response, chief minister Sarma assured Sonowal of immediate relief to the affected regions as well as provide assistance and support to the flood affected people.

Notably, heavy rainfall has been reported from different districts – Tinsukia (160 mm), Lakhimpur (150 mm) and Hailakandi (110 mm).

According to the CWC (Central Water Commission) bulletin, the Brahmaputra river in Nimatighat (Jorhat), Dikhou in Sivasagar, Jia-Bharali in Sonitpur, Beki in Barpeta and Kushiyara river in Karimganj district are flowing above danger level.

Till Sunday evening, as many as 12 districts – Kamrup, Karimganj, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Dhemaji, Majuli, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar and Jorhat – and a population of over 2.62 lakh have been affected by the deluge.

The death toll in two waves of floods in the state has gone up to 34 with two more human casualties reported on Sunday.

Rescue, relief and restoration work are in progress with personnel from NDRF, SDRF, Army, Airforce, Fire and Emergency service, PWD, police, AAPDA Mitra volunteers of ASDMA and local administration engaged in the flood-affected areas.


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