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Modi speaks to Himanta on Assam floods

950 villages are under water and 30,333.36 hectares of crop areas have been damaged

guwahati brahmaputra pti An employee of Central Water Commission measures the temperature of the Brahmaputra river's water, which is flowing above the danger level, in Guwahati | PTI

With several parts of Assam hit hard by floods, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation and assured the state of all possible help from the Centre.

The flood situation in Assam deteriorated with two persons losing their lives and over 3.63 lakh people suffering in the deluge across 17 districts, an official bulletin said on Monday.

In a tweet, Modi said, "Spoke to Assam CM Shri @himantabiswa and took stock of the flood situation in parts of the state. Assured all possible support from the Centre to help mitigate the situation. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas."

Barpeta, Biswanath, Cachar, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, West Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon are among the affected districts.

"Adarniya Pradhan Mantriji telephoned today to enquire about flood situation and assured all help to Assam to combat this menace," the chief minister said on the microblogging site.

Lakhimpur is the worst-hit district with more than 1.3 lakh people suffering, followed by Majuli and Darrang, according to the bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

"Current flood has gravely impacted the livelihoods of the people. My gratitude to Adarniya Modiji for standing with us at this hour of crisis," Sarma said.

At present, 950 villages are under water and 30,333.36 hectares of crop areas have been damaged across Assam, the bulletin added.


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