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Floods: Assam asks Deputy Commissioners to make arrangement as per relief manual, three killed in landslide in Arunachal Pradesh

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GUWAHATI: With Assam affected by first wave of flood effecting 1.95 lakh people in seven districts, state government has asked the Deputy Commissioners to make arrangements as per the relief manual. The government has appointed ministers to oversee flood situation in different districts.

Three people died in landslide triggered by incessant rain in Arunachal Pradesh.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), around 1, 94, 916 people were affected in seven districts during the on-going first wave of floods.

Assam government is planning to start school for classes 10 and 12 from next month onwards.

Assam cabinet held its meeting on Tuesday. Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said, “As this year floods has come with COVID-19 pandemic, we have asked the Deputy Commissioners to stock food grains and adequate relief materials. To see the flood situation, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assigned each minister a district.”

Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that government is expecting people from outside the state to continue coming till June 10 or 15 and after that it will slow down. “If next 20 days is monitored strictly, we can ensure that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in the state.”

Sarma said, “Two lakh people have registered to come to state, roughly one lakh have come and another one lakh we are expecting. In different parts of India, offices and business establishments have started operating and thus not many people will come.”

Sarma who is also the education minister said that state government has worked out a blueprint to start schools for students of classes 10 and 12 from June 1 or 15 onwards.

“If a student of a college in Guwahati is presently in her home in Upper Assam, she can be provided classes there without coming here. We are working on this and soon announce the detail policy. We are also looking into the Union Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines in this regard.”

Assam has decided to extend Rs 2,000 per month to artists and drummers for three months starting from April. Already the state government provided similar sustenance allowance to 3.61 lakh people outside the state.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of three lives from a single family at Arzoo village in Dibang Valley district due to the landslide. Incessant rain for the last couple of days triggered landslides and flood have left trails of large scale devastation in the entire state.

Khandu said that the State and its people are with the victims during this trying times. He announced immediate release of ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs each to next of kins of the deceased persons.

Stating that the entire world is fighting COVID-19 pandemic, Khandu said, “Arunachal has an added problem of natural disaster every year. He appealed to the people living in the low land areas to shift to safer places while requesting those residing in landslide prone areas to immediately get to safer locations. He issued directives to respective Deputy Commissioners and Disaster Management Department to monitor the situation on regular basis.”

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