press trust of india
New Delhi, 8 July
With the flood situation in Assam being critical, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today spoke to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and assured him of Central help over the phone.
Mr Manmohan Singh inquired about the latest on the flood situation and asked Mr Gogoi what kind of help would be required from the Centre.
Assam’s flood situation is critical with 11 districts being inundated by the swollen Brahmaputra and its tributaries affecting over 1 lakh people. The 11 affected districts are Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Chirang, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Morigaon and Sibsagar.
Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh has caused river Jiadhol to rise and inundate fresh areas in the worst-hit Dhemaji district. Floods have damaged six roads, one bridge, three culverts in Golaghat district and breached an embankment at Madanpur and Chandpur in Karimganj district.