Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Assam floods: 5 more die, toll climbs to 65

Assam floods: 5 more die, toll climbs to 65

Close to seven lakh people in 17 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods in Assam.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died in Morigaon district, raising the death toll to 60 in this year's flood related incidents. One death each was also reported from Goalpara and Golaghat district during the day.

He directed the five districts covered by the Kaziranga National Park - Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Biswanath Chariali and Sonitpur - to take stringent steps to safeguard wild animals affected by floods with help from police and the Forest Department. Mr. Sarma said, almost 4 thousand villages have been affected in 29 districts in the current wave of floods.

A special train from Murkongchelek to Guwahati from today to July 21 is announced for the mobility of flood affected people of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district, he said. Though the water-level of the Brahmaputra and most of its tributaries receded considerably on Sunday, a fresh embankment breach in Morigaon district in central Assam caused extensive damage late Saturday night, inundating over a dozen villages in the Lahorighat sub-division. Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal on Monday told deputy commissioners of flood-affected districts that the government would take disciplinary action against erring officials if any negligence or discrepancy were detected in distribution of relief materials to flood-affected people. Farmers in the flood affected areas should also be provided quality seeds for cultivation in coordination with the District Agriculture Officers, Mr Sonowal directed. They also organised a free medical camp for the flood- affected people and distributed free medicines.

The floods have the potential to drain the public exchequer as 200,000 hectares of cropland were submerged, which will affect the state's farming economy. On Monday, popular singer and musician Zubeen Garg launched a road-show to collect funds and relief materials for the flood-affected people, while Northeast Frontier Railway offered 2500 cartons of packaged drinking water bottles.

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