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Mizoram to provide drinking water to flood-hit areas in Assam

Mizoram borders southern Assam's Barak Valley, which has been severely affected by the deluge. Access to potable drinking water sources has been hit due to the floods.

PTI Edited by: PTI New Delhi Published on: June 26, 2022 23:29 IST
Villagers use a banana raft to cross a flooded street in
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Villagers use a banana raft to cross a flooded street in Nagaon district of Assam.

Highlights

  • Mizoram borders southern Assam's Barak Valley, which has been severely affected by the deluge
  • A rescue team from Mizoram had recently evacuated 33 people from a Mission compound in Silchar
  • The flood situation has improved on Sunday. Total affected now stands at 22 lakh

Mizoram has decided to provide drinking water to flood-hit Assam, an official statement said on Sunday. Chief Minister Zoramthanga discussed over the phone the flood situation with his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma during the day and chalked out a plan to send drinking water to the affected areas in the neighbouring state. 

Mizoram borders southern Assam's Barak Valley, which has been severely affected by the deluge. Access to potable drinking water sources has been hit due to the floods. Zoramthanga said his government is willing to transport drinking water barrels by trucks up to Vairengte along the inter-state border, from where those could be dispatched to affected areas as per convenience, it said.

Sarma thanked Zoramthanga for his gesture and said he would speak with Cachar deputy commissioner and ask the official to make arrangements for distributing drinking water coming from Mizoram.

Meanwhile, the Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) has donated 14,000 litres of bottled drinking water which has been dispatched to flood-ravaged Silchar in Assam, Mizoram Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Minister Lalchamliana said. A CYMA leader said the consignment will be handed over to Cachar DC for distribution among flood-affected people.

A rescue team from Mizoram had recently evacuated 33 people from a Mission compound in Silchar. Of them, 16 were also brought safely to Mizoram.

The flood situation in Assam improved on Sunday, although five more persons died and over 22 lakh people continued to reel under the deluge across 25 districts, an official report said.

According to the daily bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five persons, including four children, drowned at different places of Barpeta, Cachar, Darrang, Karimganj and Morigaon districts during the day.

Besides, two are missing in two districts, it said. The total number of people losing lives in this year's flood and landslides in the state has now gone up to 126.

Also Read: Assam flood condition improves; 5, including 4 children die, 22 lakh hit

 

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