Local youths come forward to distribute essential commodities amid crisis situation in state

Tinsukia: Amid the crisis situation in the state, local organizations Kalyan, Nava Asom Nirman Foundation and Ray Foundation in association with Indian Oil Officer's Association, Samanway Foundation and TISS Student Collective (an initiative of students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur) have conducted a Flood Relief Campaign at Laika, Dibru Saikhowa covering three villages with 622 families.

The relief was guided by the efforts of mostly students of various colleges and universities.

The relief consisted of basic food items including rice, dal, potatoes, salt, Soyabean, biscuits and hygiene items like soap and sanitary napkins.

The journey started from Digboi to Guijan ghat by road and thereby by ferry service with a journey of over 2 hours to the relief destination.

The relief consisted of a team of 12 members.

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Assam flood: 70 lakh in 24 districts hit, 80 dead

Guwahati: Assam is in the grip of a devastating flood wave that has already affected 24 districts of the state. While over 70 lakh people have been hit by the flood, at least 80 people have so far died in the deluge.

Talking to reporters, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Over 70 lakh people have been affected due to Assam floods. People, as well as animals, are being rescued from the affected areas and being shifted to relief camps and safer locations.”

“On one hand, people are troubled due to Covid-19 and on the other hand, there are challenges arising out of Assam floods. Still, the people of our state continue to fight the battle. Central and state governments are providing all kinds of assistance to the people,” the Chief Minister added.

On Sunday, in a telephonic talk, Sonowal apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the flood and erosion situation and the COVID-19 scenario in the state.

Meanwhile, a ststement issued by the Chief Minister’s office said, “The PM said that the Central government was keeping a close watch and standing closely with the people of Assam during these difficult times.”

As per a Central Water Commission (CWC) bulletin, the Brahmaputra, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Kopili, Beki, Kusiyara and Sankosh were flowing above the red mark at many places. In the latest alert issued, the CWC has warned that he Brahmaputra is likely to rise even further on Tuesday.

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PM Sanctions Rs 2 Lakh Ex-Gratia each to Kin of Assam Flood Victims

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for next of kin of persons who lost their lives due to floods in Assam, from PMNRF.

Informing the matter in his Twitter Handle, PM Modi said, “PM @narendramodi has sanctioned ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for next of kin of persons who lost their lives due to floods in Assam, from PMNRF.”

The flood situation in Assam remains grim as 16 lakh people living in 22 districts have been affected so far. Several fresh low-lying regions have been affected. The death toll has gone up to 34.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), as many as 8.60 lakh have been affected in Barpeta district while 1.95 lakh people have been hit by the flood in South Salmara.

Additionally, around 95,000 people in Goalpara, 85,700 people in Nalbari, 62,500 people in Morigaon, 55,000 people in Darrang, 47,800 people in Dhemaji and 41,500 people in Dhubri district have been affected.

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