Assam govt to provide new textbooks to flood-hit students

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

He said, the Chief Secretary held a review meeting with Deputy Commissioners of flood-hit districts through video conferencing today and told to give stress on providing health service and pure drinking water.

Officials said that close to 25,000 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 129 relief camps set up by the government in different districts.

With this, the toll in this year's flood-related cases has gone up to 59, including eight in Guwahati.

Kampur: Flood affected people travel to a makeshift camp at Goroimari village in Kamrup district, Assam on Monday.

Across the state, 10,99,141 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters, the agency said. "We are asked to the district commissioners to provide adequate relief items to the flood-affected people", the Assam finance minister said.

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Kaziranga National Parks, home to the world's largest Indian rhinoceros population, and Nameri, as well as Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were hit by rains.

He also directed steps to be taken for repairing and rebuilding houses that are damaged fully or partially by the floods.In addition, he also asked them to ensure fix of embankments damaged by flood in coordination with the water resource department as soon as water level recedes. The ASDMA said 1,102 villages were under water at present and almost 41,000 hectares of crop areas were inundated. On Sunday, South Salmara, Dhubri and Morigaon remained the worst-affected districts.

Authorities were running 256 relief camps and distribution centres in 13 districts, where 18,931 persons were now taking shelter.

Assam Finance and Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the state government has made a decision to provide textbooks to the flood affected students within the month of August, those lost their textbooks in the flood. Due to the impact of the flood waters, many roads, embankments and bridges have been damaged in many districts, including Cachar, Biswanath, Barpeta, Morigaon and Chirang.

Several rivers in the region, including Brahmaputra and its tributaries, flowed above the danger mark.

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