Assam floods: 5 more die, toll climbs to 65

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In flood-hit Assam, as the situation is gradually improving, the Assam government has stepped up medical relief measures.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died in Morigaon district, raising the death toll to 60 in this year's flood related incidents.

Close to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state on Saturday. 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.

He directed the five districts covered by the Kaziranga National Park - Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Biswanath Chariali and Sonitpur - to take stringent steps to safeguard wild animals affected by floods with help from police and the Forest Department. But the overall flood situation showed marked improvement with the number of affected people coming down to 7.64 Lakh on Monday from 10.09 Lakh on Sunday. The ASDMA said 1,102 villages were under water at present and almost 41,000 hectares of crop areas were inundated. The Dejoo Tea Estate of Goodricke India distributed relief materials consisting of rice, pulses, potatoes, salt, rice-flakes, biscuits, candles and soaps to the flood victims in Bogoleejan.

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The Brahmaputra water-level has gone down the red mark in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Biswanath, Tezpur, Guwahati and Goalpara, with official reports saying it was flowing above the danger level only in Dhubri.

The floods have the potential to drain the public exchequer as 200,000 hectares of cropland were submerged, which will affect the state's farming economy.

While the flood-affected people have started leaving relief camps for their homes in several districts, severe shortage of safe drinking water, food, medicine and cloth have rung alarm bells, prompting chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to direct deputy commissioners in the affected districts to ensure that every flood-affected family was provided with relief materials without delay.

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