No let up in flood scene in Barak valley, toll touches 21

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GUWAHATI, June 20: The flood situation in Assam improved slightly on Wednesday with water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are receding gradually. However, one more person drowned in Barak Valley’s Patharkandi taking the death toll to 21.

Three persons were killed in landslips triggered by heavy rainfall.

According to the report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the number of flood-affected people had increased to 514,597 in five districts. There were 149,129 people who had taken refuge in 351 relief camps.

The National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force personnel evacuated 9,143 people in three Barak Valley districts – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi – since Tuesday night.

In Hailakandi, deputy commissioner Adil Khan has been touring different parts of the flood ravaged district and overseeing the relief operations.

Khan has directed officials of concerned departments to step up efforts to provide succour to the flood-hit people. He also inspected the breached embankments and assessed the damages to roads and infrastructure across the district. Today, he visited the embankment breach site at Mohonpur under Algapur revenue circle.

The deputy commissioner has entrusted three Additional Deputy Commissioners and Subdivisional Officer (Sadar) to make assessment of the flood damages in the district and to submit a report to him. Khan held a meeting of District Disaster Management Authority with SP, senior officials, Circle Officers and heads of concerned departments at his office conference room on Wednesday and reviewed the flood situation in the district and sought detailed flood damages report for onward transmission to Dispur.

Meanwhile, in view of scarcity of drinking water and fodder for the livestock in the worst flood hit Hailakandi district, the district administration has asked the tea garden management to come forward to tide over the crises.

In a meeting with the managers of 17 tea estates on Tuesday, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, District Disaster Management Authority, EL Faihreim requested them to provide drinking water to the people and fodder for the livestock affected by the deluge.

It was decided in the meeting that the tea garden management would supply at least 10,000 litres of drinking water through tankers to the affected areas. In this context, the Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering department will direct the rural water supply plants to ensure supply of the required quantity of drinking water to the tea garden authorities till the situation returns to normalcy.

The tea garden management would have to arrange fodder for the affected livestock that would be lifted by the District Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Office for distribution in the flood hit areas. Over two lakh livestock, small and big, and poultry have been affected. The administration has distributed over 300 quintals of wheat bran to the affected livestock.

The Public Health Engineering department, Hailakandi division, has provided around 90,000 water purifier chemical packets to the flood affected people. It has been working day In and day out to restore piped water supply to Hailakandi and Lala towns and in South Hailakandi areas that were disrupted due to the deluge. A temporary arrangement has been made to draw in 40,000 litres per day from Gandhi Ghat in Hailakandi town, informed Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering department, AN Choudhury.

3,24,258 people have been affected in the first wave of flood with 1,32,430 housed in 165 relief camps. Two persons lost their lives. SDRF and NDRF personnel evacuated 8,216 marooned people. The administration  has been pitching in all its efforts to provide succour to the affected people.

Khan has appealed to the officials and employees to contribute one day’s salary as contribution towards Chief Minister’s relief fund for the flood affected people of the State.

The flood situation has further improved in the past three days with Katakhal, Dholeswari and Barak rivers flowing below the danger level.

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