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Unprecedented floods in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh , 80 dead, 17 lakh marooned

Picture Courtesy : The Financial Express
Picture Courtesy : The Financial Express

Around 80 people have lost their lives in 58 districts of the Northeast that are affected by the severe flooding in the region.

Sharing this information, Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that the damage caused by the rains was “unprecedented”.

In an official release, Singh, who is also the Union minister of state for development of north eastern region (DoNER), further said that the Centre is committed to provide all kind of support to the state governments in rescue and relief operations.

Singh said the ministry of DoNER and the Prime Minister’s Office are closely coordinating with a team, led by union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, who visited the region on Thursday to assess the flood situation.

He said the damage caused by the floods and landslides has been contained to a large extent.

Singh suggested that experts from space technology and ISRO be roped in for carrying out an assessment of damage in the Northeast.

He also suggested that essential items like staple food and baby food be made available for the affected people.

The minister said he has approached the union health ministry to undertake measures to prevent outbreak of epidemics and telecom ministry for restoration of communication lines.

Meanwhile, Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday visited flood-affected Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, where incessant rains have marooned more than 15 lakh people and deluge and landslides have claimed many lives.

Rijiju, who was deputed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess the flood situation in the Northeast, first undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit districts in Assam, where the death toll due to the deluge has mounted to 45.

Before the survey, he met district administration officials in Lakhimpur in Assam, which has been hit the hardest by floods, and visited deluge-ravaged Pasnoi Baolidan village.

More than 3 lakh people have been marooned by flood waters in Lakhimpur district alone.

Though rains have eluded the district in the past two days, the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark in several areas.

Lakhimpur district officials briefed the minister on the relief operations being carried out in the district. Around 15 lakh people in 24 districts in the state have been hit by floods.

Later, the minister reached Arunachal Pradesh where at least five persons were killed and nine missing due to landslides following incessant rains in Papum Pare district. Rijiju visited the areas where infrastructures have been badly hit.

In Papum Pare, a major pipeline which supplied potable water, has burst, making the lives of nearly a lakh of people miserable.

The pipeline supplied water to two towns—Naharlagun and Nirajali from Nyorach area in the district. When Rijiju asked how the people in these two towns are getting water, a senior district official said that tanks are being sent to the areas.

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