Assam flood situation still grim, more bodies recovered

  • Digambar Patowary/HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 21:26 IST

The flood situation in Assam continued to be grim on Wednesday as vast areas in Goalpara, southern parts of Kamrup and Dhubri district still under water. With slight receding of water level, more dead bodies have been found in flood affected areas. The death toll in the flood goes up to 40. Near about hundred villagers are still missing in Goalpara and South Kamrup.

On Wednesday, Union home minister Rajnath Singh called up chief minister Tarun Gogoi to take stock of the flood situation in the state. Gogoi told Singh about a slight improvement in the flood situation following a let-up in rainfall in the past 24 hours. However, Gogoi described the situation as 'grim and critical'.

Gogoi requested the Union home minister to raise the ex-gratia to the next of kin of those who died and sustained injuries, enhanced central assistance for damaged houses and cropped land. Rajnath Singh while assuring Gogoi of all possible central help and assistance, asked him to submit a proposal in this regard.

Assam agriculture minister Nilamoni Sen Deka on Wednesday visited flood affected Goalpara and Boko area in Kamrup district. "Though water level has been receding in past 24 hours, the flood situation in Goalpara and South Kamrup continued to be grim and critical. The death toll likely to go up as more bodies have been recovered from flood affected villages in both the districts", said Deka.

In Guwahati, though flood situation improves, woes for people in flood affected areas continued. On Tuesday evening, the Army assisted Kamrup Metro district administration in rescuing marooned people in Anil Nagar and Nabin Nagar areas in the city.

On Wednesday, the Assam government announced Rs 3.5 lakh as ex-gratia to next to kin of those killed in flood and landslides.

In adjoining hilly state of Meghalaya where flood first hit on last Sunday morning, at least 35 people have been killed in flash flood and landslides. Most of the casualties have been reported from West Garo and South Garo hills districts.

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