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Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam worsened on Wednesday in which one person lost his life and nearly three lakh people suffered in the deluge of 11 districts.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) daily flood report, one person died in Rongjuli in Golpara district.
At present about 2.72 lakh people are affected due to floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Hojai, Darang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Goalpara, West Karbi Anglong, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.
Golpara is the most affected district, with 2.15 lakh people affected, followed by over 22,000 people killed in Nalbari and Nagaon with around 11,000 people.
Till Tuesday, around 1.95 lakh people were affected in seven districts.
The NDRF and SDRF have rescued nine people in the last 24 hours at Golpara, while 172.53 quintals of rice, lentils, salt and 804.42 liters of mustard oil have been distributed along with tarpaulins and other essential items.
Currently, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat, while Jia Bharali at NH Road Crossing at Sonitpur and Putimari at NH Road Crossing at Kamrup.
ASDMA said that at present, 321 villages are under water and 2,678 hectares of crop area has been damaged.
Authorities are running 57 relief camps and distribution centers in five districts, where 16,720 people are taking shelter.
Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Golaghat, Barpeta, Nalbari, Dhemaji, Majuli, Hojai, Sonitpur, Chirang, Karimganj, Nagaon, Bongaigaon, Dima Hasao, Baksa and Lakhimpur.
ASDMA said that large scale erosion has been observed at various places in Majuli, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Chirang, Baksa, Biswanath and South Salmara districts.
While 70 people were affected by the erosion in Biswanath, Mandar Village ME School in South Salmara was swept away.
The report further said that at least 30 houses were damaged in landslides in four villages of Dima Hasao, affecting 72 people.
The movement of three ‘Shramik Special’ trains was disrupted on Tuesday night due to landslides in the district until the tracks were repaired.
Naveen Bhattacharya, Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier Railway, said, “Three trains were bound for Agartala and Jiribam in Manipur. We stopped them at Guwahati and Lumding stations. After the lines were cleared, movement started again at 11:30 am today . ”
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday directed the authorities to ensure that all COVID-19 protocols such as social disturbances, hand washing and wearing masks are maintained in flood relief camps so that the spread of the disease during the season .
The Chief Minister, along with ASDMA officials and senior officials of other departments, while reviewing the flood situation in the state, asked the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to keep soap and water to wash hands, masks for prisoners and properly cleaned flood relief camps Instructed to do.
He also directed the district administration to ensure that there is no irregularity while distributing relief material and that the ex-gratia payment be issued within 48 hours to the kin of those who lost their lives in the flood.
He also directed the Deputy Commissioners to regularly review the relief distribution system, so that accountability could be fixed in case of any irregularity, and keep an information board in all relief camps, informing that every person could be given to the prisoner. How much relief material has been received.
The Center has released Rs 386 crore to the State Disaster Relief Fund as the first installment this year and the Chief Minister has emphasized on its proper use to provide access to the people affected by the floods.
Sonowal also instructed the power department to cut off the supply of flood-immersed transformers so that no accidental electrical accident occurs.
The Chief Minister also directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to take steps to repair 157 flood-damaged roads in eight districts.
He also instructed the Inland Water Department to take precautionary measures to avoid a boat accident in the rainy season and strictly enforce the wearing of masks by crew and ferrymen and passengers of boats.
The Chief Minister directed the Veterinary Department to provide animal feed to domestic animals in flood affected areas and to provide food to wild animals in Kaziranga National Park and other flood affected wildlife sanctuaries.
Meanwhile, Sonowal met Governor Jagdish Mukhi and apprised him of the current flood situation in the state.
The Chief Minister apprised the Governor about the steps taken by the Government to deal with the COVID-19 situation, especially in view of the recent surge in the number of positive cases.
He also discussed ways to increase economic activity during the lockout and strengthen the fiscal health of the state.
The official said that Sonowal attracted the Governor’s attention for torrential rains, causing flooding in seven districts of the state.
He also apprised the Governor about several welfare schemes and their implementation for the benefit of all sections of the society.
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