FLOOD Situation In Assam Improving

July 17th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
FLOOD Situation In Assam Improving
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THE overall flood situation in Assam improving with the number of villages affected coming down to 1,795 from 2,240. However, the death toll has gone up to 59, says The Assam Tribune.As per the Saturday evening’s  flood bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the population affected by floods stood at 11.93 lakh in 24 districts, while around 24,000 people are taking shelter in 123 relief camps. Over 50 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park is still under water, affecting 93 anti-poaching camps, it said. Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said the State government will provide textbooks to school students who have lost these during the current wave of floods.“Students from Class I to X whose books have been damaged or lost during the floods can inform their school headmasters before July 25. We will get the requirement from the districts by July 30 and we hope we will be able to provide the textbooks by August-end,” Sarma said. Sarma, who also holds the Health portfolio, said the district administrations have been directed to conduct extensive medical camps to prevent any outbreak of diseases after the floodwaters recede.

“The administration has been directed to work extensively on providing safe drinking water to the flood-affected areas. We have also appealed to the private sector to hold health camps in the flood-hit areas.” The Veterinary Department has also been asked to step up relief for animals, he added. For the first time, fodder has been provided by the government for the flood-hit animals in Kaziranga. He reiterated that there is no dearth of funds for flood relief and the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to spend “liberally”.

 

The minister further said that as per a report till 10 AM on Saturday  71 bridges have been damaged and 12 embankments breached in the floods. “Work on them will start immediately after the floods. We have asked the respective departments to provide the project reports by August 15 so that work can start by September/October,” he said.The DCs have been asked to increase the number of relief distribution points so that the materials reach the maximum number of people. “Some people are reluctant to leave their homes and are not staying in the relief camps. The materials are not reaching these people,” he admitted.

As many as 53 revenue villages of Katigorah constituency and two revenue villages of Silchar have been badly affected by flood this year,said  Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Viswanathan.Interacting with media persons on Friday, Viswanathan said that the district has registered 2206 mm of rainfall so far in this calendar year and as per forecast more rain is expected till September.“Besides Katigorah and Silchar, Betukandi area of the district has also been hit by flood. Flood waters have damaged 269 hectares of agricultural land. The district administration will offer financial assistance of Rs 2,000 in the bank accounts of as many as 398 families (14 at Kalinagar in Katigorah, 379 in Malinibeel and five in Betukandi) as per the SDRF norms,” Viswanathan said.

In Addition, the Deputy Commissioner said that the government has sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore for repairing and maintenance of the sluice gates in the district. Also, the Cachar district administration has sent a proposal to the government for purchasing two trolly-mounted pumps to be used to pump out water from the closed sluice gates in the district.

 

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