Nearly 1.25 lakh people affected by floods in Assam

RSTV Bureau

Nearly 1.25 lakh people in five districts of Assam remained affected by floods even as the government started the exercise of assessing the scale of damage due to the deluge and chalking out rehabilitation plan.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the entire network of embankments during the day and asked the water resources department to begin repairing the breaches.

Flood-affected villagers commute to safer  places using  boats at Morigaon district in Assam

Flood-affected villagers commute to safer places using boats at Morigaon district in Assam

He asked the DCs to immediately address medical emergencies and take steps to avert outbreak of any water borne diseases in the flood affected areas, restore snapped communication and repair roads and culverts on a war-footing.

He directed the deputy commissioners to reach out to flood victims to ascertain their losses and immediately submit a report to expeditiously start the rehabilitation process. <

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 1.25 lakh people are affected currently in Chirang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat districts.

Till yesterday, 1.6 lakh people were suffering due to the third wave of floods across six districts of the north-eastern state.

The last wave of floods had so far claimed the lives of 73 people across Assam and the toll in flood-related incidents in the state this year stood at 157, including eight in capital Guwahati, the ASDMA said.

As per the ASDMA report, Morigaon was the worst hit with over 74,500 affected people, followed by Nagaon where nearly 48,000 people were hit by the deluge.

As many as 299 villages remained under water and nearly 15,500 hectares of crop area were inundated, the ASDMA said.

The authorities are running 82 relief camps and distribution centres in five districts, where 23,545 people have taken shelter.

The Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat, the Barak at Badarpurghat in Karimganj, the Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and the Kushiyara at Karimganj town are flowing above the ‘danger’ mark.

File Photo: PM Narendra Modi, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonwal, Ministers from the Centre & Assam, officials review the flood situation in the state.

File Photo: PM Narendra Modi, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonwal, Ministers from the Centre & Assam, officials review the flood situation in the state.

According to an official release, Sonowal, while interacting with the deputy commissioners through video conference, said post-flood management is very critical as the government is committed to assuage the sufferings of the flood affected people.

He said that the government has already started working on rehabilitating the flood-hit people and once it receives a comprehensive report from all the DCs, it will take an exhaustive plan to rehabilitate the victims.

He also asked them to arrange for immediate vaccination for cattle and to give seeds for rabi crops to the farmers.

To stop recurrence of any electrocution deaths in flood affected areas, he directed Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd to repair transformers and if required, change the damaged ones to regularise electricity supply to the flood affected areas.

As the flood damaged several school buildings, Sonowal asked the DCs to make temporary arrangements to resume classes and distribute free text books among the students.