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President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Independence Day

President's Address to the Nation on the eve of Independence Day

At least 53 more deaths were on Thursday reported from the deluge-battered areas of Assam, Bihar and West Bengal, where swirling floodwaters have paralysed normal life and marooned over 1.20 crore people. Rail and road connectivity has been suspended due to floods across the state.

One Army Column and one Engineer Task Force (ETF) were appointed in 6 districts of Bihar, which led to the rescue of around 270 people from the flood-hit areas.

On Friday Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth took an aerial survey of various flood affected districts in the state. Almost 34 lakh people are affected in the second wave of flood of the year.

The NFR serves seven districts in West Bengal and five districts in north Bihar besides the eight northeastern states.

A PHC building collapses under the impact of flood waters at Arikata village in Dhubri district, on Tuesday.

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Mr Sonowal would also request Modi to involve neighbouring states and Bhutan for hammering out a permanent solution to flood in Assam. "With the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we will able to give the best support to the affected people throughout the state", he told ANI here. The floods have affected 25 of Assam's 32 districts, displacing 33 lakh people.

The State Chief Secretary held a video conference with deputy commissioners of the affected districts this evening to review the flood situation.

Communication between Falakata and Madarihat in Jalpaiguri district remained cut off due to large-scale inundation and a majority of the residents of the two areas had taken shelter in the relief camps, they added.

He would also ask the Prime Minister for the inter-ministerial team's help in assessing the breaches caused on embankments and thereby repairing and strengthening them to enable them to be used as dyke cum roads. Dhemaji district in upper Assam is the worst-hit where almost one lakh people were affected. A total of 622 relief camps were set up with government aid, while almost 800 of such camps were set up by various NGOs, he added.

Several schools in Assam celebrated Independent Day in waist-deep water, the pictures went viral on social media. The floodwater has also inundated railways tracks, leading to cancellation, diversion and short termination of train services in Assam.

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