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Assam floods: Death toll rises to 29; HM Rajnath Singh visits flood affected areas
Over 18 lakh people have been affected by the floods in 23 districts of Assam. So far the floods have claimed lives of 29 people and the situation is still critical.

The chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has given orders to setup Enbankment Protection Committee to be set up in Assam.

The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh visited the flood affected areas yesterday. He had a detailed review of flood situation in the State and spent some time with the families affected by the floods at Bhagatgaon relief camp.

While talking to the media about the Assam floods Singh said, "I did not imagine that the situation is so grave. I have spoken to the Chief Minister and his officials. The problem is a big challenge… This time the floods are very severe. Hundreds of villages have completely been washed away. Schools, roads and embankments have been either washed away or badly damaged. We are sincerely trying to help the people with our all resources," reported News 18.

However, he has not announced any relief fund from the Center and said, "The state government currently has Rs 620 crore under SDRF. I have asked them to spend it without any hesitation. If more fund is needed, we are there and we will help in every possible way."

Meanwhile, in an interim flood report submitted to the Union Home Minister during his visit, a 'pictorial error' occurred unintentionally showing photograph of rescue of a spotted deer, which is not related to Assam flood.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) Chief Executive Officer Dipak Kumar Sarma said in a statement that the "error is regretted and has been rectified." It also said, "The Government desires to make it clear that any irresponsible act of any government official will not be tolerated."

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