Guwahati: The death toll in the Assam floods was up by eight till Tuesday evening as over 4 lakh people remain flood affected in the state. Concerned over the grim situation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday urged the local workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to help the administration in relief and rescue operations, and save the lives of the people in Assam.
Taking to Twitter, CM Kejriwal wrote in Hindi saying, “असम में विनाशकारी बाढ़ ने जनजीवन अस्त-व्यस्त कर दिया है। कई ज़िले बाढ़ से प्रभावित हैं, लोग काफ़ी परेशानी में हैं। आम आदमी पार्टी के सभी स्थानीय कार्यकर्ताओं से मेरी अपील है कि वो राहत और बचाव कार्यों में प्रशासन की मदद करें, लोगों की जान बचाएँ। (In Assam, the devastating floods have disrupted normal life. Many districts are affected by floods; people are in a lot of trouble. My appeal to all local workers of Aam Aadmi Party is to help the administration in relief and rescue operations, save lives of the people).”
A day earlier, union home minister Amit Shah dialled state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and assured the Centre’s support in this situation.
As per the Assam state disaster management authority (ASDMA), at least 403352 remained flood-affected till Tuesday evening while 39558 including 3749 children continued taking shelter in 178 relief camps set up in the state.
On Tuesday, one more death due to flood was recorded by ASDMA in Udalguri district taking the death toll to eight already. Another person was reported missing in the Nagaon district too.
Meanwhile, a review meeting was held at Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall on Tuesday also for stocktaking of the current situation in Dima Hasao, Hojai, Cachar and other Barak Valley districts in the state affected due to severe flood and landslides in the last few days.
Pressing issues that have been discussed in the meeting were maintenance of supplies of essential food items to the affected districts, especially Dima Hasao, reopening of the National Highway connected to the affected districts, uninterrupted electricity supply and maintaining the communication network (voice and data).
Meanwhile, chief minister Sarma also dialled his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma and requested to take necessary steps to restore road connectivity with Barak valley.