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PM announces Rs one lakh each for deceased in Assam flood

PTI 28 Jun 2012, 19:51:47 IST
New Delhi, Jun 28: With the flood situation in Assam deteriorating, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh to the kin of each of those killed and directed the Defence Ministry to provide army assistance in rescue and relief.

Singh called up the state's Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to enquire about the condition in the state, a PMO statement said.

The Prime Minister assured the Assam government of all help to deal with the flood situation there, it said.  He also announced an assistance of Rs one lakh for the next of kin of each of the deceased from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

The statement said Singh also spoke to Defence Minister A K Antony “urging full army assistance for the rescue and relief operations in the affected areas”.

The situation deteriorated in the state today as 23 of the 27 districts came in the grip of floods in which 30 people have died and several are missing.