The Governor said the twin districts of Kargil and Leh have huge tourism potential and said more such tourism festivals were needed. He said the Kargil Airport's expansion work will begin soon and that Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned for it.
With the death of five more people, the toll in Assam floods rose to 64 on Sunday, even as water showed receding trends in some areas of the state. Eighteen of the state’s 33 districts still remain submerged, affecting 38.37 lakh people. Of the five fresh deaths, two were reported from Morigaon district and one each from Dhemaji, Goalpara and Kamrup districts, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
Flood water, however, receded in five districts and the displaced people returned to their kuchcha houses to find most of their dwellings swept away by torrential rains. The flood water continued to submerge 2,669 villages, 1.35 lakh hectare of crop lands and a portion of Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district, the ASDMA bulletin said.
The death toll of animals at the Kaziranga National Park is 141, he said. Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat district and Dhubri district, Jia Bharali at N T Road Crossing in Sonitpur district and Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon district, the bulletin said.
Over 1,15,389 displaced people are still in 829 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations.
Meanwhile, the Army provided medical and veterinary aid to the marooned people in the state, with a unit of its Red Horns Division along with others agencies organising a veterinary and medical camp at a village in Nalbari district, defence sources said.
The 9th Battalion of the JAT Regiment also conducted a free health camp in Barpeta, where over 3,000 people and nearly 800 livestock were treated.
The flood-affected districts are Dhemaji, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat and Cachar, the ASDMA said.