Guwahati: As the flood place in Assam continues to remain severe, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit the affected areas in the state today to get stock of the situation.
About 66 people have lost their lives and about 20 lakh have been displaced in the flood, the nastiest in the state in more than a decade. 16 persons have also been killed and 11 are still missing in the landslides due to the heavy rain that lashed the state for 4 days.
The Prime Minister and Congress president are expected to arrive at Jorhat by a special flight and conduct an in-flight survey of Majuli Island, which has suffered severe damage in the flood. From there, they will fly to the state capital Guwahati and hold talks with ministers and senior state government officials, before returning to New Delhi.
Although the rain has stopped and the water level in rivers has mostly started receding, the Brahmaputra and the Kapili rivers are still flowing above the danger level at several places.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been organized in 16 areas and rescue operations are on in 9 districts. 24 sorties have been carrying out by helicopters of the Indian Air Force and 4,000 kg of food packets have been dropped in the flood-affected regions.
The PM has already announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the kind of each of those killed in the floods and has focussed the Defence Ministry to offer Army assistance in rescue and relief.