At least 83 people have lost their lives and as many as 58 districts have been severely hit by the floods and landslides in the Northeast states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, says Centre.
Speaking to the media, Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said that over 17 lakh people across 26 districts in Assam alone have been affected due to the floods.
“The damage caused by the rainfall in the North East region is unprecedented,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju led a high-level team from NITI Aayog and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to take a note of the flood situation and supervise rescue and relief arrangements in the region.
Taking stock of the situation, Rijiju also held a meeting with state ministers and visited the families of the Laptap village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district where 14 people were killed in a landslide.
“I condole the loss of lives in the landslide which has wreaked havoc in the district. Being the local MP, I assure you all possible help from the centre. We are with the people of the village in this tough times,” said the minister.
Rijiju has also directed the authorities to restore road connectivity within a month in the areas damaged by incessant rain in the last couple of days.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had personally asked Rijiju to take charge of the relief operations to the affected states. The PM has also announced ex gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh per person to those killed and Rs 50,000 to those injured in the landslide.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that Rijiju called him and assured to provide all the all possible help to normalise the situation.
“He (Rijiju) also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deep anguish for the loss of lives and properties in the current wave of floods in the state,” Sonowal said adding that the Centre is keeping an eye on the situation.
WATCH: MoS Home Kiren Rijiu conducted aerial survey of flood affected areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
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