Guwahati: In flood-hit Assam, LPG delivery vans of PSU major Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) have been replaced by boats for the seamless supply of the fuel to keep the burner flames on, a senior official said on Tuesday.
At least 180 people have died and more than 89.13 lakh people suffered cumulatively across 34 districts since April 6 in one of the worst floods Assam witnessed in recent times. The challenge increased manifold with severe landslides in several neighbouring states such as Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, Indian Oil Corp Executive Director (IndianOil-AOD) G Ramesh told PTI here.
The government deployed NDRF, Army and Air Force, besides various state organisations, which required an uninterrupted communication network for relief and rescue operations.
President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday called Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and enquired about the prevailing flood situation in the state. The chief minister said that he was honoured to receive a call from the president who enquired about Assam’s flood scenario and the ongoing relief and rescue operations.
”Extremely grateful for his concern. It will boost our morale in overcoming this situation”, Sarma tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also called Sarma to enquire about the prevailing flood situation in the state. Assam faced devastating floods this year which claimed 180 lives and affected 90 lakh people so far.
A 3.7 magnitude earthquake shook southern Assam on Tuesday, an official report said. There is no report of loss of life or damage to property yet, it said.
A National Center for Seismology report said the quake was recorded at 11.03 am in Cachar district near the inter-state border with Manipur. It lay at a depth of 35 km, it added.
The North Eastern region falls in the high seismic zone where earthquakes are frequent.