Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits flood-hit Assam

RSTV Bureau
Morigaon: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh visit a relief camp at Bhakat Gaon in Morigaon district of Assam on Saturday. PTI Photo

Morigaon: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh visit a relief camp at Bhakat Gaon in Morigaon district of Assam on Saturday. PTI Photo

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the flood-affected districts in Assam to take stock of the situation.

The floods are said to have affected about 18 lakh people in more than 26 districts. The death toll too continues to rise and now stands at 27.

The Home Minister landed in Guwahati on Saturday afternoon to undertake an aerial survey of the region. He did an aerial survey of the region along with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He is said to have surveyed some of the worst affected districts in the state.

“Over 26 districts have been affected due to flood situation in Assam. NDRF team is working for rescue and relief work,” Singh said in a press conference in Guwahati after reviewing the region.

Singh is accompanied by union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Minister for DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) Jitendra Singh.

During his day-long tour, the Home Minister held a meeting with CM Sonowal and the state government officers in Guwahati.

“Assam Chief Minister has submitted a memorandum…an inter ministerial team will study it and decide on furthr action to be taken by Centre,” said the Home Minister.

Nagaon: A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded grassland in Kothari village near Kaziranga National Park in Nagaon district of Assam. PTI Photo

Nagaon: A young one-horned rhino trying to rise above water on the National Highway from the flooded grassland in Kothari village near Kaziranga National Park in Nagaon district of Assam. PTI Photo

Some of the worst affected districts are Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon and Morigaon.

In Majuli, the constituency of CM Sonowal, four officials are said to have been suspended for alleged negligence. It is said the officials were absent when there was a breach on the Brahmaputra Dyke. The Chief Minister had visited Majuli, two days ago on Thursday.

In Kaziranga, forest workers and volunteers have begun efforts to rescue stranded animals. The national park is said to have lost
4 rhino calves because of the flooding. Kaziranga, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s endangered one-horned rhinoceroses, gets flooded every year. But this year, the flooding is said to worse than last year’s.

Rhinos came out on the highways and attacked vehicles on Thursday as forest personnel tried to move them to safety.

To make matters worse, the incessant rains have further swelled the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries. The state government has announced Rs 4 lakh as compensation to the victims of the floods.

(With inputs from agencies)