Centre rushes NDRF teams to Assam to help in flood relief

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NEW DELHI: With reports of about two lakh people affected by the first wave of floods which has hit Assam's twin districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, the Centre deployed five teams of National Disaster Response Force on Sunday.

Four people are reported to have lost their lives in the flood that has inundated nearly 200 villages in the worst affected Jonai sub-division.

The district administrations of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have pressed into service motor boats for rescue and relief operations.

In a statement, the home ministry said it was monitoring the situation closely with the help of the Assam government.

Water levels have exceeding danger levels in rivers Brahmaputra, Dhubri, Disang, Jiabharli and Dansiri (S) in Assam with four districts of Assam including Dhemaji (46 villages), Jorhat (25 villages), Lakhimpur (65villages) and Sonitpur affected by floods.

NDRF teams each including 40 personnel have been deployed in each of the affected districts of Dhubri, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur. "These teams are carrying specialized equipment to respond in any eventuality emanating from flood emergencies. The teams are equipped with flood rescue equipment in sufficient numbers like deep diving equipment (Scuba sets), inflatable boats, lifebuoys, life jackets,'' a ministry official said.