The first wave of floods in Assam has killed six people and pushed 18,000 into relief camps till Saturday evening. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the state would compensate the loss incurred by farmers and fishermen due to floods.
The flood has hit Assam at a time when it’s battling a sudden spike in number of Covid patients—although the vast majority of them are returnees who were put into quarantine centres after their were taken samples upon arrival. Till Saturday evening, the state reported 1,100 cases, of which 930 were active.
According to the state disaster management authority (ASDMA), 3.7 lakh people have been affected. The districts of Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, West Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia are the worst-hit A total of 195 relief camps and relief distribution centres were operational on Saturday. According to an ASDMA official, the water is receding and the situation is expected to improve as forecasts show ‘moderate’ rainfall.
In the 40 relief camps of Goalpara, there are around 7,500 people. Varnali Deka, District Collector Goalpara, told The Sunday Express, “The situation is slightly improving. The water has receded to the lower reaches of the district.”
On Saturday, 15th Finance Commission designated river erosion as “a natural calamity” and recommended adequate compensation, acceding to the state’s request.
An elderly man, carrying a sack of grain on his head, wades through floodwater to reach a safer place at Tetelisara village in Nagaon district of Assam (PTI Photo) The Centre has asked the state to submit a detailed report. A statement from the CM’s office highlighted that Assam has already received Rs 386 crore towards fighting flood and erosion from the Centre and the amount is a part of the total Rs. 772 crore allocation under the SDRF.
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