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Sarbananda Sonowal Rushes To Delhi To Discuss Flood Problem With PM Modi

Sarbananda Sonowal Rushes To Delhi To Discuss Flood Problem With PM Modi

The Railway Board has made a decision to cancel inbound trains from other parts of the country to the northeastern region as rail links have been snapped in different places due to heavy rains in Assam, West Bengal and in Bihar in the past 72 hours.

In the northern Indian state of Bihar, floods have killed 56 people since Sunday and affected more than six million, said Anirudh Kumar, additional secretary in the state Disaster Management Department.

133 people have died so far this year in flood- related incidents.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been undertaking aerial surveys of the flood-affected districts for the last three days.

Amrit said that 114 boats of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), 92 of the SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) and 70 of the Army were deployed for relief and rescue related works.

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Major rivers in Bihar, which neighbours Nepal, were overflowing, causing thousands of huts to wash away and damage to bridges, highways and crops. The river is already flowing near the danger level from Gandhi Ghat in Patna to Bhagalpur and Katihar.

In the state of Assam, various districts in upper and lower parts of the state have been affected, including the Kaziranga National Park, which has seen animals suffer as each annual flood passes by.

In West Bengal, heavy rainfall and floods have thrown normal life out of gear in places such as Malda, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and South and North Dinajpur. The health department has launched a toll free number 104, officials said, adding hospitals have been direstced to maintain a sufficient stock of anti-snake and anti-rabies injections.

Chief Minister Sonowal would also request Narendra Modi to constitute an inter-ministerial team headed by a Cabinet Minister to visit the flood ravaged Assam and assess the post flood impact and loss in terms of lives and properties. Floods have affected some areas in Uttar Pradesh too.

The Eastern Railway cancelled 14 mail and express trains today. The floodwater has also inundated railways tracks, leading to cancellation, diversion and short termination of train services in Assam.

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