Assam flood: Govt stepped up medical relief measures
Assam flood: Govt stepped up medical relief measures
Kamrup A woman with her children rows a makeshift raft across flood waters in the Kamrup district of Assam on Friday
17 Julio, 2017, 14:14
Living with floods: Provisions for boats and houses on stilts/platforms may be part of public awareness in flood-prone areas.
Close to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state on Saturday.
The flood situation in Assam marginally improved today with the water level receding, amid reports of one more death and over 10 lakh people affected across 21 districts in the state.
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Assam government will provide free textbooks to the students studying in the government-run schools up to Class X, whose textbooks were damaged in the current deluge in the state. The minister said funds for flood relief were left unspent last year and Rs 300-400 crore is still lying in the state coffers, meant for this year's relief. "The district officers are finding it hard in reach out to these isolated locations", said Mr Sarma.
Water resources minister Keshab Mahanta was heckled on Friday by flood-hit residents at Majuli, the Brahmaputra river island and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal's constituency, for alleged delay in handing relief material such as food and water. Mobile Medical Units are also pressed into services.
Authorities are running 280 relief camps and distribution centres in 15 districts, where 22,837 persons are now taking shelter.
Meanwhile, though the district administration has been claiming to have distributed sufficient relief material, there were reports from different flood hit areas regarding non receipt of adequate relief materials.
Himanta Biswa Sarma further said that, a ministerial group of the union government will visit the state soon and the centre asked the state government to submit a memorandum with all damage costs.
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