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Northeast floods: PM Modi announces assistance of Rs 2,000 crore

Modi arrives in Guwahati. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 01, 2017, 05.03 AM (IST)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Assam today to review the flood situation in the state. 

After reviewing the situation, an assistance of Rs 2,000 crore was announced for flood-hit Northeastern states. Assam will get an additional Rs 250 crore for flood relief.

Another Rs 100 crore was announced for high power study on the Brahmaputra as a permanent solution to the flooding.

An ex-gratia assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs 50,000 to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

Seventy-nine people have died in the floods in Assam so far. 

Modi's visit comes in the midst of criticism by opposition parties and organisations in the northeastern state that despite the severe floods, he was yet to visit the state. The floods have affected more than 25 lakh people across 29 districts. 

Modi conducted two meetings at the administrative staff college in Guwahati.

The first meeting was between him and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other senior officials of the state.

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