Assam floods: Narendra Modi to visit state to assess situation after calamity
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Assam on 1 August to review the flood situation in the state. The floods in Assam this year have claimed 79 lives so far
Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Assam on 1 August to review the flood situation in the state. The floods in Assam this year have claimed 79 lives so far.
During the visit, the prime minister would discuss all the aspects related to the floods with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior officials, an official release said here today.
Matters related to flood management and the damages caused by the floods are also likely to feature in the discussions.
The Centre has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured in the floods.
A seven-member inter-ministerial central team was on a four-day visit to Assam from 25 July to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the damages caused by the floods and would soon submit its report with recommendations to the Centre for early release of funds.
Meanwhile, Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit has contributed a month's salary to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-hit people, said a Raj Bhawan spokesman.
Two waves of floods have affected over 25 lakh people in 29 districts of Assam this year, with the administration setting up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres.
Though the current wave of floods has receded, six districts are still reeling under floods and over 2,000 people have taken shelter in the relief camps.
The worst affected districts are Barpeta where 11,29,390 are affected, followed by Kamrup with 7,89,496, Dhubri with 5,97,153 and Nagaon with 5,03,450 people in the flood
The chief minister, who held a virtual meeting with his ministers, senior state government officials and deputy commissioners, directed that top priority must be given to relief and rescue operations and there should be no delay citing procedural rules