PM Modi calls Assam CM Sonowal, takes stock of flood, erosion and COVID-19 situation, announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to flood victims

Guwahati, July 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday talked to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone and took stock of the current flood and erosion and COVID-19 situation in the state.

Prime Minister Modi during the talk expressed solidarity with the people of the state and said that the central government stands shoulder to shoulder with the efforts of the Assam government to overcome the challenging situations.

PM Modi also assured all kinds of supports from the union government to the state government to tide over the present crisis.

Prime Minister Modi has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for next kin of persons who lost their lives due to floods in Assam from PMNRF.

During the talk, Assam Chief Minister Sonowal apprised the Prime Minister about the havoc wrought by the latest wave of flood, which has submerged vast tract of agricultural land in the State and crippled normal life.

Sonowal informed that several districts are reeling under flood and this has caused huge damages to crops and disrupted communication network in different parts.

Besides, erosion and landslides have also severely impacted the State and claimed several lives,” Sonowal said.

Sonowal also informed the PM about the relief and rehabilitation measures being made for the marooned people and engagement of NDRF as well SDRF personnel in rescue operations.

Further, the Assam Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister about the present COVID-19 situation in the State.

Though the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases are surging, the state government is fully geared up to render best possible health care services to the COVID positive patients,” Sonowal said.

The Assam Chief Minister also apprised PM Modi about the dedicated health facilities being developed in the state to deal with COVID-19 cases.

35 people have died so far due to flood in Assam and over 13 lakh people of 20 districts are affected in the current wave of flood.