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Flood situation still grim in Assam

india Updated: Jul 29, 2008 01:01 IST

With the Assam flood situation continuing to be grim, state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited the worst affected areas.

Nearly 50 lakh people of seven districts of the state were affected by the rising Brahmaputra and its tributaries as the government announced a massive relief and rehabilitation scheme.

Gogoi told reporters after an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of upper Assam including Majuli, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur that an expert team will be set up to build embankments using modern scientific methods as the people's were getting affected with the washing away of embankments which have become old.

Majuli, the largest river island of Asia, is facing a danger of being wiped out by the swirling water of Brahmaputra.

The situation meanwhile continued to be grim in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nalbari, Dhubri, Jorhat, Morigaon and Darrang where people are taking shelter either on highways or on raised platforms.

More than 30 flood protection infrastructures of the water resources department and a number of roads and embankments have been washed away in the second wave of floods in the state.

Gogoi assured the people that rescue and relief measures will be taken up in a large scale in the affected districts.