NF Railway to run special trains in flood affected Assam

People travel in a mini bus at flood-hit Jamlai village in Kamrup district of Assam

Official sources said here today that the number of affected population has come down to seven lakh in 17 districts.Five more deaths were reported from across the state in last 24 hours, pushing the toll to 65.

Only in the northeastern state of Assam, the death toll rose to 60, while 1,1 million were hit by the weather, said in a statement the Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

The flood situation slightly improved in the state, but officials said over half of Kaziranga National Park was submerged and over 70 animals have died.

The affected districts include Dhemaji, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Soputh Salmara, Golapara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Karimganj, Cachar.

In the neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, 14 people were killed two days ago after a landslide in Laptap village caused by flash floods.

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Reviewing the situation in a video-conference with the DCs, he asked them to take steps for repairing and rebuilding houses that were damaged fully or partially by floods.

"All district administrations have been provided enough funds ahead of the floods and instructions issued to distribute relief generously in all affected areas", finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The Barak river in southern Assam however continued to flow above the red mark, as also several tributaries of the Brahmaputra, including the Dhansiri in Golaghat district. The chief minister also instructed for taking appropriate steps for preventing diseases from spreading and taking epidemic form in flood affected areas by holding medical camps and taking other such measures.

While getting the feedback from the media concerning distribution of relief in flood affected areas, the reports of poor service by district Public Health Engineering department in providing drinking water has been acknowledged by the Deputy Commissioner.

Relief materials have been distributed by various organisations to the flood-affected people in North Lakhimpur.

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