Flood situation improves, CM to visit flood-hit Hailakandi tomorrow

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, June 21: The flood situation in Assam improved considerably on Thursday as water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries in the affected districts receded following a cessation of rains in the past few days.

According to official sources, a total of 4,86,659 people have been affected in the first wave of floods which has claimed 21 lives so far. Of them, three were killed in landslides triggered by the flood, a report issued by the report said.

It said four districts – Hojai, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj – were still affected with Karimganj being the worst hit.

Kushiyara river in Karimganj is still flowing above the danger level while rivers flowing through the other three districts are showing a receding trend, it added.

The authorities have set up 201 relief camps in the four districts where 55,983 people have taken shelter.

The report said a total crop area of 3508.65 hectares was still submerged and the NDRF and the SDRF have so far evacuated 548 flood-hit people.

Heavy erosion is being witnessed in Golaghat district due to rising waters, it said. The devastating flood has also damaged embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts, the report added.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in Hailakandi district has considerably improved in the past 72 hours.  Water has receded with the three major rivers viz., Katakhal, Dholeswari and Barak flowing below the danger level.

Of the 331 villages, 105 villages are now under water. The number of relief camps has come down to 31 with only 33,128 inmates. All the relief camps at Lala and Katlicherra have been closed down.

26 medical teams have been deployed and they are visiting the affected areas and relief camps in Algapur and Hailakandi revenue circles.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will visit Hailakandi on Saturday to assess the flood damages in the district. Sonowal will hold a review meeting with the officials of the district administration and heads of concerned departments.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Adil Khan held a meeting on Thursday with the officials in connection with the Chief Minister’s upcoming visit and directed the heads of concerned departments to submit detailed reports on Friday.

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