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Published: Wed, August 03, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Monsoon floods kill at least 52 people in India

Monsoon floods kill at least 52 people in India

At least 52 people were killed as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's eastern states, officials said on Saturday.

The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh visited the flood affected areas yesterday.

Almost 100 people have died in India after a week of monsoon rains has flooded several regions, stranding thousands in rural villages. 29 persons lost their lives in the flood.

The Chief Minister directed the officials of the Water Resources Department to conduct proper inspection of the embankments across the State and submit project estimates within August next so that revetment of the embankments can start from September onwards. "The problem is a big challenge", Singh told a press conference after making an aerial view of flood-hit Morigaon, Nagaon and Kaziranga. The state government has sent us a memorandum and the centre will extend help to the state government, ' the Union Home minister said. "I am sure that the state and central governments as well as concerned agencies are taking necessary steps to provide all possible help to the affected families", Mukherjee added. "Home Minister will also meet the people affected by the Assam floods at Bhatgaon camp in Morigaon district", HHMO said in another tweet. Around 4.81 lakh people have been displaced while 2.47 lakh people were sheltered in the 412 relief camps being run by the government. Oover seven hundred villages spread over fifty Tehsils of twenty districts are reeling under floods.

The other affected districts are Sivsagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Tinsukia, Biswanath, Nalbari, Baksa, Udalgluri, Kamrup (M), Chirang, Kamrup and South Kamrup, the ASDMA said. Another rhino was killed in another national reserve in the state. Flood water damaged standing crop including paddy and vegetables among others. However, no poaching incident has been reported this year. Due to the rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra River, Assam and many of its districts are getting submerged with the flow of water.

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