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PM announces Rs 500-crore aid for flood-hit Assam

 GUWAHATI, July 2 (IANS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday announced an aid package of Rs.500 crore for Assam, which has been severely hit by floods.

The announcement came after the prime minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi undertook an aerial survey of some flood affected districts of the state Monday.

"The Rs.500 crore is sanctioned for immediate relief of the state. A central team will start assessing the total damage of the floods in the state and all the required financial assistance will be extended to the state government based on the assessment of the central team," said the prime minister, while reading out a statement before the media at LGBI International Airport near Guwahati.

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