12:54pm, 31st July, 2016



As floods destabilised lives in North East India, National and State Governments along with Army is trying their best to reduce casualties and help those who are stuck in different parts.

1. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The situation is grim”, after an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Assam, and meeting the victims in Morigaon district. “No efforts are being spared and the people are satisfied with government’s response,’ he said.

2. The minister, who took an aerial survey of Nagaon, Morigaon and the Kaziranga national park, was accompanied by junior Home minister Kiren Rijiju and minister for development of the north east, Jitendra Singh.

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3. Nine army columns has been deployed for flood relief in Assam & Bihar. More than 2000 have been rescued. Brahmaputra breach is being plugged. – The Army tweeted.

4. In Bihar, around 25 lakh people have been affected by floods across 10 districts — Purnia, Kishanganj, Araria, Darbhanga, Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Katihar, Saharsa, Supaul and Gopalganj.

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5. Assam is reeling under heavy floods, which affected at least 18 lakh people in 22 districts of the state. More than 3,300 villages have been affected.

6. With houses submerged, boats have become homes to many. They sleep, cook and eat on the boats.

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7. Almost 80 per cent of the Kaziranga national park, home to the one-horned rhino, is submerged in water.

8. The government says the rains in Assam have been unprecedented this year. The locals and the administration officials, however, allege that flood mitigation measures, like building of large dams, have not been taken.

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