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Rehabilitation to start soon in flood affected northeast states: Kiren Rijiju

Guwahati, Sept.27 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has that rescue operations in country’s flood-hit northeastern states had concluded and rehabilitation of victims would start soon.

At least 70 people have died and many are missing in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed Assam and Meghalaya, in the second flood tragedy to strike the country this month.

Villages were still inundated, even though water levels had receded in most of the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Rijiju, while conducting an aerial survey of the flood hit Assam on Saturday, said that teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were assisting Indian Army and state government in rescue operations.

“We have deployed total 12 teams from our central National Disaster Response Force. We had to bring four additional teams from Bihar and Odisha. Our CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) forces and portions of the Indian Army are also working along with the state government team and central team, who are working hand in hand as a team. The rescue operation is completely over now it is the operation for relief and very soon we will start the process of rehabilitation,” he said while addressing mediapersons here.

While thousands of people continued to reel under floods in various districts of Assam, the authorities have opened 162 relief camps and shelter homes where 1.5 lakh people have sought shelter.

The union government has appropriated rupees 346 crore for relief and rehabilitation. Rijiju assured that the Centre would provide all financial and material help to those affected by floods.

“All support, whatever is necessary, due to this natural calamity in Assam and Meghalaya will get adequate financial and material support from the central government,” he said.

Power supply disruptions prevailed in most parts of Guwahati, adding to the woes of people wading through waterlogged homes.

Thousands of people in the affected areas, which are in western Assam, complained of an inadequate supply of relief materials and drinking water. (ANI)