Death toll climbs to 99 in Assam floods, Modi assures all help

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Guwahati, August 14: This year, Assam has faced one of its worst floods in decades. After a few days of some relief--from late July to early August--relentless rainfall has once again caused floods in at least 19 districts of the state.

As per reports, death toll in Assam floods has touched 99 on Sunday. While 84 people died due to floods between June and July, fresh floods in the state in the last few days have killed at least 15 people.

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The Narendra Modi government has assured all support to the state in overcoming the havoc caused by the floods.

"The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked the state government to submit a report on the damage and devastation caused by the current wave of floods in the state," said a report by The Telegraph.

"A communiqué issued by the state government said PM Modi has assured all co-operation from the Centre in overcoming the havoc caused by the floods," added the report.

The PM spoke to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone on Sunday to take stock of the situation. The CM told Modi about the various initiatives taken by the state government in providing relief and rescue measures to the flood-hit people.

Principal secretary of PMO Nripendra Mishra asked state chief secretary VK Pipersenia to submit a report to the PMO detailing the damage and devastation. Sonowal told reporters that the "main aim of the government now is to provide adequate relief".

"Every year floods and erosion hit the state and the people have to face a lot of problem but now the government's first priority is to mitigate the problem. The government would provide compensation to the flood-affected people," he added.

On Sunday, the CM visited flood-affected areas of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, two of the worst-affected districts in the state. While interacting with the flood-affected people, the CM assured them to provide necessary help.

The Met department on Sunday forecasted heavy to very heavy rain in neighbouring Meghalaya and parts of Assam till Wednesday. If rain continues, it is likely to bring further woes to the people, especially those residing in the western Assam districts bordering West Bengal.

The Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are currently flowing above the danger level. Because of floods, train communication between the Northeast and rest of the country has been snapped as railway tracks in several areas were submerged on Saturday night.

The Border Security Force (BSF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel rescued hundreds of flood-affected people in the last 48 hours.

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