Assam floods: Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take aerial survey today

The minister will also hold a meeting with CM Sarbananda Sonowal and other state government officers in Guwahati before returning to Delhi in the evening.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: July 30, 2016 9:52 am
Flood affected people travel on a boat at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) Flood affected people travel on a boat at Sildubi village in Assam. (AP Photo)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be making an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Nagaon, Morigaon and Kaziranga in Assam on Saturday.

He will also be visiting Bhagatgaon camp to meet flood-affected residents in Morigaon district.

The minister will also hold a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other state government officers in Guwahati before returning to Delhi in the evening.

The rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra River has made the condition of Assam very critical and many districts have been submerged.

The flood situation in Assam worsened as new areas have been inundated.

The affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Chirang, Nagaon, Kamrup and South Kamrup.

Over 19 lakh people in 23 districts have been affected by the current wave of floods, of whom about 2.25 lakh have taken shelter in nearly 600 relief camps set up by the authorities. The death toll has touched 25.

As per reports, the administration has rescued all affected families as surging water breached Bongaon embankment at Majuli River Island in Jorhat.

All the rescued people have been provided shelter in embankments.

Meanwhile, CM Sonowal has asked officials to provide all possible help to the flood-affected people and said there was no dearth of funds, and that adequate amounts of money have been already released to the affected districts. He also asked the officials to remain prepared with men and machinery and keep round-the-clock vigil on embankments and other vulnerable areas that are likely to spur more damages.

(With inputs from Samudra Gupta Kashyap)

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