Flood situation critical, Assam CM orders air dropping food, essentials

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Flood situation critical, Assam CM orders air dropping food, essentials with the flood situation in Assam remaining critical on Monday and affecting a population of about 4.3 million in 33 of its 35 districts, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has airlifted food and other relief supplies to those areas.

Sarma gave the directive after a daytime review meeting with his cabinet colleagues and senior district officers.
The death toll from the ongoing floods and landslides in the state rose to 73 on Monday. The dead included two policemen, including the officer-in-charge of a police station in Nagaon district who went to help the victims but was swept away.

Sarma, who held a virtual meeting with his ministers, senior state government officials and deputy commissioners, directed that relief and rescue operations should be given top priority and there should be no delay in referring to the rules of procedure.
“In areas where there is severe flooding and army, NDRF or SDRF boats have not been able to reach, relief supplies should be unloaded from the aircraft,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that for the next few days, the district officials should not disturb themselves with the principles of procedure but should focus on providing relief to the affected people. “If some areas are not included in the relief manual, we will ensure that they are included under the state-owned priority development schemes and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.”
He directed the Deputy Commissioners to keep the static teams of the health department ready and ensure daily visits of doctors in the relief camps set up for the flood affected people. Ambulances should be kept on standby so that patients in critical condition can be transported to nearby hospitals.

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