Assam flood situation still grim, CM visits affected areas

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GUWAHATI, July 11: The flood situation remained grim in Assam on Wednesday with over 24,000 people affected in three districts, even as the water level in the major rivers was receding. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday visited Biswanath district, which was hit by the flood a few days ago.

The Brahmaputra River was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat district and the Jia Bharali river was flowing above the danger mark at the NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Wednesday.

A crop area of 1,309 hectares was damaged, the ASDMA report said. Heavy erosion was also reported from two villages in Biswanath district, the report said.

Altogether 24,244 were affected by the flood waters in 33 villages of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Jorhat districts, On Tuesday, the ASDMA had reported 24 villages in those three districts were under water and a total of 19,170 people affected

The death toll in the current wave of floods in the state stood at 34, with no fresh casualty reported.

As many as 1,910 people had taken shelter in eight relief camps in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur, the report said.

Damage to embankments, roads, bridges and culverts were reported from Lakhimpur and Charaideo

Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the flood affected areas of Biswanath and Lakhimpur districts to take stock of the situation unleashed by fresh bout of floods in the districts.

Sonowal who is accompanied by minister of water resources Keshab Mahanta and irrigation minister Ranjit Dutta visited flood and erosion hit areas perpetrated by the Buroi and Chatrong River in Gohpur areas. He also visited relief camps put up in the district and oversaw the facilities given to the camp inmates. Sonowal also interacted with camp inmates and asked the district administration to put its men and materials ready to reach out to the flood affected people. He also asked Deputy Commissioner, Biswanath Dhiraj Jyoti Kalita to intensify the relief and rescue operations.

Taking into consideration of the severity of erosion caused by Buroi and Chatrong rivers,the chief minister directed the water resources department to take immediate steps to give succor to the people. Sonowal also handed over a cheque worth Rs. 4 lakh given as immediate compensation from SDR Fund to the father of Dipankar Bora who died from drowning.

Later, the chief minister visited Naoboicha of Lakhimpur district and took stock of the damage caused to the road by Singora River. He also directed PWD Department to restore the road to traffic. He also visited relief camp set up at Balitika ME Madrassa and took stock of the facilities put in place for the camp inmates. It may be noted that 1000 camp inmates from 216 families have taken shelter in the relief camp.

MLA Gohpur, Utpal Bora, MLA Biswanath Promode Barthakur were present during chief minister’s visit to the area.

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