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The Assam minister said that, more than 2.5 million people of 3951 villages under 114 revenue circles of 29 districts are affected in the current flood and claimed 52 lives till July 15.

He also directed steps to be taken for repairing and rebuilding houses that are damaged fully or partially by the floods.In addition, he also asked them to ensure fix of embankments damaged by flood in coordination with the water resource department as soon as water level recedes.

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Saturday as seven more deaths were reported and at least 12 lakh people in 24 districts were affected by the deluge.

The flood situation slightly improved in the state, but officials said over half of Kaziranga National Park was submerged and over 70 animals have died.

Currently, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Dhubri town. This has caused panic, especially as several thousand people in the district had only last week suffered major loss of property, crop and animals because of a similar water release by NEEPCO.

"Those who are not in relief camps but affected by floods must also be provided relief", Sonowal said while reviewing the situation at the Assam Secretariat. Talking to the media, Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Barun Bhuyan said that an expert team from the State Water Resources department would visit North Lakhimpur on July 19 to find out a temporary preventive measure to channel out the flood water induced by NEEPCOs Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Plant. They also organised a free medical camp for the flood- affected people and distributed free medicines.

While getting the feedback from the media concerning distribution of relief in flood affected areas, the reports of poor service by district Public Health Engineering department in providing drinking water has been acknowledged by the Deputy Commissioner. On Monday, popular singer and musician Zubeen Garg launched a road-show to collect funds and relief materials for the flood-affected people, while Northeast Frontier Railway offered 2500 cartons of packaged drinking water bottles.

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