The centre on Monday released Rs 251.55 crores of grants-in-aid to Assam government to carry out relief operations as the flood situation in the state continued to deteriorate.

The Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday shared a letter on Twitter which said the amount has been released towards the central share of SDRF for 2019-20 on the basis of the recommendation of the Fourteenth Finance Commission for relief necessitated by natural calamities.

Biswa thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the assistance, saying it will “immensely help in relief operations and mitigating sufferings of people affected by the flood”.

“I thank Hon PM Sri @narendramodi and HM Sri @AmitShah for prompt release of ₹251.55 cr grants-in-aid to Assam towards the central share of SDRF for 2019-20,” Biswa wrote on Twitter.

Incessant rains have caused flooding in Assam with at least fifteen people getting killed and over four million affected statewide.

Over 27,000 hectares of farmland is also under flood waters and more than 7,000 people have been evacuated to 68 relief centres across the state.

The affected districts include Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia.