Assam flood: Govt stepped up medical relief measures

Cattle move through floodwater at Hiloikhunda village in Darrang district of Assam

Cattle move through floodwater at Hiloikhunda village in Darrang district of Assam

The toll from the current wave of floods in Assam rose to 60 after seven more deaths were reported on Saturday. The number of affected population came down to about 12 lakh in 24 districts.A few rivers, including the Brahmaputra, were still flowing over the danger level at different places.Meanwhile, asserting that the state had enough funds to provide relief to all affected people, state Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma said here today, "There is absolutely no dearth of funds. The district officers are finding it hard in reach out to these isolated locations", said Mr Sarma.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) authority has maintained smooth operation of railway services and are running special trains in flood-hit Assam where operation of passenger vehicles has been disrupted in many parts because of over topping highways by flood water.

The Assam minister said that, the state government had also provided feeds to the flood-affected animals in Kaziranga National Park.

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It took him nearly 12 hours to reach Kamloops from Williams Lake - "bumper to bumper the whole way", he said. But he has no love for authorities who've repeatedly hassled his family and other friends refusing to leave.

The NFR has also deputed doctors and medical staff with materials to flood-affected North Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts of Assam.

He claimed that for the first time fodder has been provided by the government for the flood-hit animals in Kaziranga. "We had provided relief money to the district deputy commissioners before the floods this year and we can provide money as sought by them". ORS, Halogen tablets are being distributed in flood affected areas. Further, all relevant departments have been asked to assess the extent of damage to infrastructure and submit their financial estimate by August 15 next, so that funds can be released and fix work can commence by September-October, the minister said. "Around 1.22 lakh people have been taken shelter in the 320 relief camps set up by the district administration", Sarma said.

Some of the Ministers and MLAs, who have been undertaking visits to their areas due to the floods, have also been facing the ire of the marooned people due to lack of proper distribution of relief materials.

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