PM Modi announces Rs 2,350-crore package for flood-hit northeast

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 1 announced a total package of Rs 2,350 crore for all northeastern states hit by floods and immediate release of Rs 250 crore for flood-hit Assam, as he undertook a visit here to assess the situation in the region.
He also announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to floods in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
The seriously injured people will get Rs 50,000 each, the PMO said.
Regarding Assam, state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Sarma said the Prime Minister announced release of Rs 250 crore immediately to carry out relief and rehabilitation.
In addition to that, the Prime Minister announced a Rs 100 crore corpus for setting up a research project to study Brahmaputra river and its role in creating devastating flood, Sarma said.
The package will be for flood relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction measures for affected states of the northeast, the Prime Minister said later.
The Prime Minister said the Center is always with Assam and the north eastern states and suggested adoption of short and long term measures to handle flood and erosion problems.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented Rs 3,888.09 crore loss due to the latest wave of flood in the state to Modi.
Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang sought at least Rs 700 crore for damages caused by latest wave of floods but declined to say whether the Prime Minister had assured him of funds.
Modi also promised help and support to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who submitted a memorandum to him on the damages caused by the floods, in providing relief, rehabilitation and rebuilding infrastructure in the flood-affected hill state.

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