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Assam floods: Flags hoisted in inundated school premises on 71st Independence Day

On the 71st Independence Day, a teacher in Assam uploaded a photograph of hoisting a flag in the flooded school premises in Dhubri district's Fakirganj on social media on Tuesday reflecting the plight of the people reeling under floods. There are also photos of students saluting the flags standing in boats doing the rounds.

Mizanur Rahman, assistant teacher of 1185 No. Naskara LP school under Fakirganj police station in Dhubri wrote, "No need to tell how we are right now, pic will tell all the stories...I did not expect this kind of support....thank you all for sharing this picture."

With the flood situation in Assam deteriorating, on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal for the second time in as many days and said all possible support is being provided to the state.

The prime minister said the Central government has been closely and constantly monitoring the flood situation in Assam.

File image of floods in Assam. PTI

File image of floods in Assam. PTI

"PM @narendramodi spoke to Assam CM @sarbanandsonwal on Sunday and Monday regarding the flood situation in the state," the PMO tweeted.

"All possible support is being provided to Assam for overcoming the flood situation prevailing in parts of the state," Modi said.

According to IANS, over 30 lakh people in Assam have been affected by the devastating wave of floods that affected the state in the last few days leading to the death of over 20 people and inundating over 3,000 villages in 25 districts even as the entire North East remained cut off from other parts of the country due to snapped rail lines.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that 31,59,029 people have been affected by the floods in 3,192 villages in the affected districts. The floods have also submerged close to two lakh hectares of agricultural lands in different districts.

The Railway Board has decided to cancel inbound trains from other parts of the country to the northeastern region as rail links have been snapped in different places due to heavy rains in Assam, West Bengal and in Bihar in the last 72 hours.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Aug 15, 2017 16:53 PM

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