Central team visits Assam as flood toll climbs to 50
The death toll in the floods in Assam rose to 50, with five others dying on Thursday. State Minister in the country Kiren Rijiju led a central team of the National Response Force disaster and NITI Aayog officials for the assessment of land damage due to floods and landslides in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
After visiting Lakhimpur, Assam’s most affected district, Rijiju and his team took stock of the situation in the Laptap village in the Papum district of Stop Arunachal Pradesh, where 14 people were killed by a landslide Tuesday.
Rijiju said: “We have seen the magnitude of the damage and a first evaluation was carried out the Center will provide full support after the preliminary assessment report damage.”.
According to the Disaster Management Authority of the State of Assam (ASDMA), the population affected by floods has increased to 17.43 lakh, with 25 000 more people having reached in the last 12 hours.
Although two deaths were reported in the South Sámara district, three were reported in the Golaghat, Nagaon and Lakhimpur districts.
The flood has also affected more than 15 lakh livestock and poultry animals.
Presiding over a review meeting in New Delhi, the Northeast Development Minister Jitendra Singh said that this year’s damage was unprecedented and that 58 districts were affected in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur with about 85 lives losses.
Singh asked the right ISRO experts to carry out a damage assessment in the three northeastern states and promised all the help needed from the center.
Singh said the damage is already largely contained by state governments and central teams.
He affirmed that he had spoken with the Ministry of Health to take preventive measures against the epidemics and the Ministry of Telecommunications for the restoration of the lines of communication.