PM Modi speaks to Assam CM on flood situation, coronavirus; assures support

People ride on a boat to move to a safer place in the flood-affected area, in Dhubri district of Assam on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday discussed the flood situation in Assam with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured all support to the state in dealing with the flood havoc, which has claimed 81 lives so far this year.

Discussing the flood situation with Sonowal over the phone, Modi also enquired about the Covid-19 scenario and the ongoing efforts to douse the raging blaze at the Oil India's Baghjan gas well.

"Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji took stock of the contemporary situation regarding #AssamFloods2020, #COVID19 and Baghjan Oil Well fire scenario over phone this morning," Sonowal tweeted.

"Expressing his concern & solidarity with the people, the PM assured all support to the state," he said.

 

Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji took stock of the contemporary situation regarding #AssamFloods2020, #COVID19 and Baghjan Oil Well fire scenario over phone this morning.

Expressing his concern & solidarity with the people, the PM assured all support to the state.

Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 19, 2020
An official at the Chief Minister's Office said that Sonowal informed Modi about all the measures the state has taken so far in dealing with the problems faced by the people.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visiting the erosion affected areas at Rohmoria in Dibrugarh district of Assam on Monday.

The total number of people killed in this year's flood and landslide has gone up to 107 across the state, of whom 81 were killed in flood-related incidents and 26 died due to landslides, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its morning bulletin.

Floods have hit over 27 lakh people in 26 of the 33 districts of Assam and destroyed houses, crops, roads and bridges at several places

 

Villagers along with their livestock take shelter on a road near flood-hit Sildubi village in Morigaon district of Assam on Sunday.

On the Covid-19 front, Assam has recorded 22,981 cases, of which 10,503 have been reported from the Guwahati city alone.

The total number of persons losing their lives due to Covid-19 in the state has gone up to 53.

However, five more Covid-19 patients have died, but the government's Death Audit Board has not included them in the tally of deaths caused by the Covid-19 virus. They had other ailments.

Meanwhile, the damaged Baghjan gas well of the PSU major Oil India Ltd in Assam is spewing gas uncontrollably for the last 54 days since the blowout took place on May 27, followed by the inferno on June 9.



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