Guwahati, June 18
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday visited several relief camps providing shelter to the affected people.
In 28 districts, 19 lakh people are affected by the floods. A total of 55 people have died due to floods and landslides in the state this year. A boat carrying flood-affected people capsized in Hojai district, leaving three children missing while 21 others were rescued.
A group of 24 villagers were on their way from Islampur village to a safe place late on Friday night when the boat sank into a brick kiln in Raikota area and overturned.
Modi called Sarma and inquired about the flood situation, while assuring the chief minister of all possible help from the Centre.
“Earlier today, spoke to Assam CM and took stock of the situation due to floods in the state. Assured of all possible help from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well being of the people of Assam affected by the floods: Modi
Sarma, while replying to the tweet of the Prime Minister, thanked him.
“Many of you have called to get an update on the relief and rehabilitation work in the flood-affected areas of Assam. We are closely monitoring the situation and providing best help to the people.”
The Chief Minister visited flood-hit Rangiya in Kamrup district and reviewed the situation with state BJP chief and local MLA Bhabesh Kalita. Sarma also visited Fatima Convent School and relief camps in Kolajal.
Talking to reporters, Sarma said that the district administration is ready to face any emergency.
“The authorities concerned have been directed to ensure evacuation of people from vulnerable areas to relief camps. The Army is ready to provide assistance and Deputy Commissioners have been asked to seek help from the forces if required, while National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel are escorting the affected people to safer places. Huh. Told.
Sarma assured the residents of the relief camps that all necessary measures were being taken to assist them.
Over 1.08 lakh people are taking shelter in 373 relief camps across the state.
In the last 24 hours, landslides have been reported in Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Morigaon, Kamrup and Kamrup (metropolitan) districts.
Meanwhile, a bulletin issued by the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday said the Kopili river is flowing above the “high flood level” at Kampur in Nagaon district.
Other rivers including Brahmaputra, Jia-Bharali, Puthimari, Manas, Beki, Barak and Kushiara were flowing above the danger level, the bulletin said.
A total of 2,930 villages have been affected by the floods, 43,338 hectares of crop land have been submerged in water and 410 animals have been washed away.