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Flood scene improves: Toll mounts to 40

  • Fresh effort: Women heading home to build their ravaged homes afresh in Guri Jan Gohain Village, Gogamukh in Dhemaji District on Thursday. Photo by UB Photos
    Fresh effort: Women heading home to build their ravaged homes afresh in Guri Jan Gohain Village, Gogamukh in Dhemaji District on Thursday. Photo by UB Photos

 There seems to be marginal let up in the flood scene during the last 24 hours following the halt of rains that lashed the catchment areas.

The water levels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries have shown receding trend during the last 12 hours much to a major respite for millions of people who have been rendered homeless.

But the blues have refused to die down where there is report of ten more deaths and with this the toll had gone up to 40 till Friday.

Assam Chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal who came to New Delhi on Wednesday called prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and apprised him of thr situation who assured the flooded state of all help to overcome the problem. 

Prominent RTI activist Akhil Gogoi blames it all on the big dams for the ravaging flood alleging that more mega dams would result in more disaster in the state. He further strongly took on the Centre accusing it of not taking up the issue seriously. 

Army, NDRF, SDRF jawans are continuing relief and rescue operations in the affected areas while Indian Air Force has been airdropping relief materials to the marooned people in the remote and inaccessable areas. 

Apart from Nagaon, other worst-hit districts include Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Goal Para, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh where the government has set up as many as 1000 relief camps. 

Many organizations and non governmental organizations have also been helping the marooned people shift to the relief camps. 

Normal surface communication remains cut off in the flood hit areas. Train services in the entire north eastern region remains unmoved for sixth consecutive day on Thursday. The Northeast Frontier Railway has suspended movement of all trains outside the region till August 20.

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