Assam reeled under devastating floods caused by incessant rain affecting nearly 31,00,000 people in 32 districts, while eight more people lost their lives taking the toll to 63, officials said. A total of 18,94,000 people were affected in 28 districts of the State on June 17. The toll in the current second wave of floods and landslides in the state has increased to 63 as two deaths each were reported from Barpeta and Karimganj while one each died in Darrang, Hailakandi, Nalbari and Sonitpur districts.
Eight people, including three children, were reported missing after a boat capsize in Hojai district on June 17. They are from the districts of Hojai, Bajali, West Karbi Anglong, Kokrajhar and Tamulpur. Altogether 21 people were rescued there.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rang up the chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to enquire about the current flood situation in the state and assured him of all help from the Centre. Sarma visited the inundated Rangia town in Kamrup district, with state BJP president and local MLA Bhabesh Kalita. He also visited relief camps at Fatima Convent School and Kolajal where affected people have taken shelter.
Speaking to media persons, Sarma said that the district administration is ready to face any exigency and to help the flood-affected people. ''The administration has been directed to ensure relief supplies and evacuate people from vulnerable areas to relief camps. The Army is ready to provide assistance and the deputy commissioners have been asked to take their help when required. NDRF and SDRF personnel are evacuating affected people to safer places,'' he said.