A man walks through a partially submerged school in a flood-hit area in Assam’s Hojai district on Monday, May 16, 2022. (PTI photo)
Guwahati: In flood-hit Assam, PSU chief Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) LPG delivery van has been replaced by boats for uninterrupted supply of fuel, a senior official said on Tuesday.
The worst floods in Assam since April 6 have killed at least 180 people in 34 districts and affected more than 89.13 lakh. G Ramesh, executive director (Indian Oil-AOD) of Indian Oil Corporation, said landslides in several neighboring states like Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have multiplied the challenge. PTI Here
The government deployed the NDRF, Army and Air Force, without various state organizations, which needed an uninterrupted communication network for relief and rescue operations.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday telephoned Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the prevailing flood situation in the state. “I was honored to receive a phone call from the President inquiring about the flood situation in Assam and the ongoing relief and rescue operations,” he said.
Extremely grateful for his care. It will boost our morale to overcome this situation, ”Sarma tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also called Sarma to inquire about the prevailing situation in the state. Assam has been hit by catastrophic floods this year which have so far killed 180 people and affected 9 million.
An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale shook southern Assam on Tuesday, according to an official report. There were no immediate reports of injuries or severe damage.
According to the National Center for Seismology, the quake was recorded at 11.03 am in Kachar district near the inter-state border of Manipur. It was at a depth of 35 km, it said.
The northeastern region is a high seismic zone where earthquakes occur frequently.
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