PM Modi leaves for Assam, flood relief package likely to be discussed
August 01, 2017  08:40
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Assam in the wee hours of Tuesday to take stock of the flood situation in the state. 

Modi will do an assessment of the affected areas with top officials of the state. Assam is going through one of the worst floods due to heavy monsoon showers in the state which has affected more than 25 lakh people. 

Earlier on Monday, the PM had announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of those who died in the Assam and Rajasthan floods, and Rs 50,000 for those who have been seriously injured in the floods. 

The floods have claimed more than 70 lives in Assam so far.

Though the floods have receded in most parts of the state, six districts are still affected. More than 1,000 relief camps and distribution centres have been setup by the government with Air Force, NDRF and Army being summoned for rescue and relief operations.
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