Modi will visit Assam on August 1 to review floods situation

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Assam on August 1 to review the flood situation in the state.This was conveyed by the Prime Minister’s Office to Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal today, a statement issued by the Assam government said.The prime minister’s visit comes amidst criticism by opposition parties and organisations in Assam that despite the severe floods, which have affected more than 25 lakh people in 29 districts, Modi was yet to visit the state.

They also added that Modi, however, visited his home state of Gujarat, which too was affected by floods, a few days ago.During his visit to Assam, the prime minister would discuss all the aspects related to the floods with Sonowal and senior officials, the statement said.The Centre has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured in the Assam floods.

A seven-member inter-ministerial central team was on a four-day visit to Assam from July 25 to carry out an on-the- spot assessment of the damages caused by the floods and was expected to submit its report soon with recommendations to the Centre for an early release of funds.Two waves of floods have affected over 25 lakh people in 29 districts of Assam this year, with the administration setting up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.