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Northeast floods: PM announces Rs 2,000 cr relief

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a total package of Rs 2,000 crore for all north eastern states for mitigating the impact of floods in short and long term basis.

Modi arrived in Guwahati at 10 am for a day-long review of the flood and landslide problems that crippled the five northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

State finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who briefed on the PM’s visit, said, “The PM has also ordered release of an additional Rs 250 crore to Assam to meet the immediate need for relief and rehabilitation. Last month, he had ordered release of Rs 300 crore.”

“He stressed on finding a permanent solution to flood in Assam and said that a high-powered committee will be formed to study the course of the Brahmaputra river and a corpus fund of Rs 100 cr would be set up for the study,” Sarma said.

The Assam floods have so far claimed 83 lives.

On Monday, PM Modi has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the floods and Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured.

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