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The flood situation in Assam is still grim with more people getting affected. As on June 20, more than 42 lakh people reeling under water.

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Nine more persons have died in floods and landscape in the last 24 hours. So far, the state has recorded the death of 71 persons in the flood and landslide.

According to a bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Authority about 42,28,157 people were impacted, out of which 1,86,424 people are taking shelter in 744 relief camps. Relief materials were also distributed to other affected populations who are not taking refuge in relief camps through 403 relief distribution centres opened temporarily.

In the last 24 hours, 33 districts – Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima-Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Hojai, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Karbi Anglong West, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, South Salmara, Tamulpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri district have reported flood.

Chief minister reviews flood situation:

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on June 20 morning reviewed the flood situation in the state. He communicated with all the deputy commissioners through video conference in presence of the cabinet colleagues, senior government officials and representatives Indian Army, Railways and NDRF among others.

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“Keeping in view the ground situation, (I have) issued instructions to provide immediate relief to the affected people. (I have) asked DCs to prioritise relief instead of following procedures to avoid delay in supply relief,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said after the meeting.

The CM directed DCs to complete all damage assessments by July 5 and release funds by July 10. The chief minister also instructed guardian ministers and secretaries to be stationed in respective districts to monitor and coordinate flood relief and rescue.

Further, Sarma asked Barak Valley DCs to submit their requirement for additional teams of NDRF in the rescue and relief operations.

The chief minister said that Northeast Frontier Railway has offered to run relief trains to affected areas, especially from Silchar to Karimganj, and medical facilities.

“We will try to bolster relief and rescue operations in Barak Valley by roping in additional NDRF teams from neighbouring Manipur and Tripura,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said further.

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After the floods, DCs will inspect all the breached embankments and take measures for repair and fortification.

The chief minister is also in touch with my Meghalaya counterpart Sangma Conrad for updates on Jowai-Badarpur road that has been badly damaged by flood and landslide.

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