Flood situation improves, Jia Bharali river still flowing above danger mark; CM announces Rs. 100 cr package for Barak Valley

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI/ HAILAKANDI, June 24: The overall flood situation in Assam improved on Sunday even as nearly two lakh people are still reeling under the deluge in six districts.

On the other hand, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced a flood package of Rs. 100 crore for relief and rehabilitation for flood-affected of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts.

According to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), currently 394 villages are under water and 3,100 hectares of crop areas have been damaged.

Six districts — Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Hojai, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi were affected in the first wave of the flood. So far, 24 people have died in the floods in the state, including three in landslides.

As per the report, Karimganj is the worst affected district with more than 1.25 lakh people hit by the deluge, followed by Cachar with over 27,000 people.

The authorities are running 133 relief camps and distribution centres in four districts, where 27,954 people are taking shelter at present, it said.

The Jia Bharali river is flowing above the danger mark at the NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur district.

Meanwhile, the chief minister announced a flood package of Rs. 100 crore for relief and rehabilitation after taking stock of the prevailing flood condition of Karimganj and Hailakandi districts on Saturday and Cacher district on Sunday.

During his two-day visit to Barak Valley, Sonowal  asked the government machinery to reach out to the flood affected people and extend all possible help.

Sonowal also visited Sibpur of Silchar town and took stock of the flood ravaged Silchar-Kalainroad. He also visited a relief camp set up at Silchar Govt Boys Higher Secondary School and interacted with the camp inmates. He also took stock of the extent of damage caused by flood in a meeting held at the conference hall of DC Office, Silcharin presence of the MLAs and senior government officials on Sunday.

Sonowal also asked the government officers to reach out to the marooned people. He at the same time asked the respective district administration to assess the flood induced damages and submit a report to the government with the help of the local MLAs.

Water resources minister Keshab Mahanta, environment and forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya, MLAs Borkhola, Udharbond, Silchar, Lakhipur, Katigora attended the meeting.

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