Assam Flood: People's problems increasing, 30k to 40k houses damaged
Assam Flood: People's problems increasing, 30k to 40k houses damaged

Guwahati: The recent flash floods have wreaked havoc in Assam. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that 30-40 thousand houses have been destroyed in Assam due to heavy floods. Chief Minister Sarma apprised Union Home Minister Amit Shah of this during a meeting here on Friday evening and sought central assistance. An official statement on Saturday said the chief minister had also appealed to Home Minister Amit Shah to release advance money from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for the rehabilitation of the flood-affected people. This relief will be given to those whose houses have been seriously or completely affected.

Speaking to reporters, CM Sarma has said that since the Assam floods have been termed as 'severe' by a central team which has assessed the flood situation, he sought an advance fund from NDRF so that the state can help those whose houses have been affected by the floods. At the same time, the Centre assured Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of helping in the Assam floods, saying, "The door of the Centre is always open. There is no shortage of money. By all means, the Centre is looking forward to the help of the state.'' The Chief Minister has spoken about the fact that the Home Minister assured him that the Union Home Ministry is actively considering his request to the NDRF to release the advance amount immediately.

Sarma said the state government will present the real picture of the damage caused by the floods so that it can be accurately known so that instead of asking for the package, they can also buy proper funds. He said the government's goal would be to make full use of the State Disaster Response Fund so that the state gets NDRF assistance as well as additional funds. The statement said the Centre had released Rs 324.40 crores as the state share of SDRF for 2022-23 as immediate assistance to the Assam government to deal with the current floods.

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