Flood situation improves, CM to visit Hailakandi today

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HT Bureau

Guwahati/ HAILAKANDI, June 22: The overall flood situation in Assam has improved even as three more persons lost their lives taking the toll in flood related incidents to 24 in the first wave of flood.

On the other hand, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will visit the worst-affected Barak Valley districts on Saturday to take stock of the situation. The chief minister will hold a review meeting with the officials of the district administration and heads of concerned departments at deputy commissioner’s conference hall here.

According to a report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons died in flood-related incidents in the last 24 hours. Of the three, two died at Sadar and Katigorah in Cachar district respectively, while the third person died at Nilambazar in Karimganj district.

With this, the death toll had gone up to 24, including three persons losing their lives due to landslides, the report said.

Over 3.67 lakh people in five districts of in Dhemaji, Hojai, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi were still reeling under the deluge. Karimganj is the worst hit with more than 1.62 lakh people affected, followed by Cachar with over 1.51 lakh affected people.

As many as 449 villages were under water and 1,898 hectares of crop area was damaged, the report said.

A total of 211 relief camps and distribution centres have been opened in four districts, where 39,760 people had taken shelter.

The flood situation in Hailakandi district has improved considerably in the past four days. 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 from 145 to 31 housing only 33,128 inmates. All the relief camps under Lala and Katlicherra revenue circles have been closed down.

47 medical teams have been presently deployed and they are visiting the affected areas and relief camps under Algapur and Hailakandi revenue circles. A 10-member specialist team from Silchar Medical College and Hospital will soon arrive in Hailakandi district.

Hailakandi deputy commissioner Adil Khan said that the officials and employees engaged in flood related works have been discharging their duties with utmost sincerity and maintaining transparency in distribution of gratuity relief items to the flood affected people. “There is no complaint from any part of the district regarding distribution of foodstuff,” he said.

Khan disclosed that the administration has so far distributed 4784.91 quintals rice, 447 quintals dal, 271.29 quintals salt, 2977.89 kgs chira, 1,210 kgs jaggery, 31,785 biscuit packets, 8,759 milk packets for the flood hit people and 455 quintals wheat bran for the affected livestock.

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