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Assam scene improves, relief camps full

Floodwaters receding

Villagers wade through floodwaters at Kampur in Assam's Nagaon district. (PTI)

Silchar: The flood situation in south Assam's Karimganj district has improved substantially with all the three rivers in the district receding over the past 24 hours.

Karimganj water resources division said on Tuesday the water level of Longai was 21.62m at noon against its danger level of 22m.

The water level of Singla was recorded at 16.96m (at 11am), while its danger level is 17.98m. The Kushiara, which flows through the northern part of the district, was flowing at 15.95m; its danger level is 14.94m.

There has been 1.92mm rainfall over the past 24 hours. Karimganj additional deputy commissioner Dhrubajyoti Deb said over phone this afternoon that life was limping back to normal with waters receding in many areas.

"Teams are visiting different areas on a regular basis to take stock of the situation. Medical teams are conducting visits to the relief camps and other vital areas," he said.

Sources said the situation in Patharkandi, the worst-affected constituency in the district, has improved over the past 48 hours.

In Karimganj district, 2.34 lakh people have been affected in 304 villages. Altogether 67 relief camps have been opened. According Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 5.64 lakh people were affected and the toll in the floods has risen to 17 with six more persons (four from Karimganj and two from Cachar) being reported dead on Tuesday.

Railway services in the Barak Valley are likely to resume on Wednesday. The 15612 Dn Silchar-Guwahati Express will start on June 20 on schedule. The 15943 Up Silchar-Dibrugarh Express will also start on time," an NF Railway statement said.

In Mizoram, that witnessed one of the worst floods over the past week, the flood situation has improved,, our Aizawl correspondent adds.

Local residents have threatened to launch an indefinite closure of all educational institutions from August if the government fails to construct a broken Bailey bridge before the end of July.

Damage survey: Principal secretary, revenue and disaster management and chief executive officer of Assam State Disaster Management Authority, Rajesh Prasad, on Tuesday visited Hailakandi and assessed the flood damage and relief and rescue operations in the worst-hit district of Assam.

He met deputy commissioner Adil Khan and senior officials of the civil and police administration and reviewed the flood situation.

Prasad said doctors from Silchar and Gauhati Medical College and Hospital would be despatched if required. The government has sanctioned Rs 1.7 crore for flood relief in Hailakandi district, of which Rs 50 lakh has already been released, he added. Ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh would be released to the next of kin of the two deceased in the next 48 hours.

The district administration has been distributing rice, dal, salt, biscuits, baby food, purified packaged drinking water and medicine to the affected. Prasad also visited Cachar and Karimganj.

Additional reporting by Satananda Bhattacharjee in Hailakandi and Henry Khojol in Aizawl

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