3.72 Lakh affected by the floods in Assam, the Center allocates more funds


Sarbananda Sonowal visited the district of Nalbari and took stock of the erosion mitigation operation (File)

New Delhi:

The flood situation in Assam remained precarious, as around 3.72 lakh people were affected in 11 districts of the state. The Goalpara district is the most affected, followed by Nagaon and Hojai. 18,000 people have found refuge in relief camps. The center has allocated more funds to help the state deal with the flood and its aftermath.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) daily flood report, one person died in Kampur, Nagaon district, bringing the total to six. 348 villages are under water and 26,977 hectares of cultivated areas have been damaged, he said.

The Kopili River in Kampur and Dharamtul flows above the danger mark, the PTI news agency reported. Infrastructures such as dikes, roads, bridges, culverts were damaged in various places in the districts of Kamrup, Goalpara, Hojai, Nagaon, Barpeta, Sonitpur and Udalguri.

Massive soil erosion has hit districts like Biswanath, Sonitpur, Dibrugarh and Majuli, ASDMA said. The Umrangso-Lanka road was blocked due to significant landslides at Dima Hasao.
Sonowal visited Nalbari district on Saturday and took stock of the erosion mitigation operation along the Brahmaputra river at Doulasal-Larkuchi in the constituency of Borkhetri.

“In response to the letter from the Assam government, the 15th Finance Commission granted the erosion of the river as a natural calamity and recommended adequate compensation, including rehabilitation,” said a government statement.

The center increased State Disaster Response Force funds for Assam to Rs 772 crore, said Mr. Sonowal, from whom Rs 386 crore has already been received.

Sonowal said that although the state government is fighting hard against COVID-19, flooding and erosion, the cyclone and African swine fever, the government would get rid of all the problems with the support of the population of Assam.

With PTI inputs


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