JORHAT, Aug 28 - A two-member Central Government team, comprising Director of Water Commission Sudhir Kumar and Assistant Executive Engineer of Union Ministry of Road and Transport, Abhijit Agarwalla visited Majuli on Friday to take stock of the damages caused by floods in the Brahmaputra island.
A Majuli district administration official told this newspaper that the team was briefed about the damages caused by two waves of flood in the island in June and July this year by the Majuli Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi at the DC�s office complex at Garmur. Several senior district administration officials and also officials from different departments and agencies attended the meeting.
The official informed that a power-point presentation on the impact of floods and relief and rescue efforts undertaken by the district administration was given to the team members.
The team members asked the district administration to carry out a survey on damages caused by floods by the concerned departments sector-wise and submit a comprehensive report in this regard to the Centre, the official said.
Following the meeting, the Central team also visited several flood-affected areas as well as erosion-hit embankments of the Brahmaputra, the official stated. Thereafter, the team left Majuli and headed to Nimatighat in Jorhat, the official added.
Meanwhile, our Correspondent from Barpeta adds: A Central team visited Barpeta district today to assess the damage caused by the recent flood. The team consisting of Narendra Kumar, Director of Agriculture in its Kolkata office and Harish Kumar Bashishta, Under Secretary in the department of Rural Development visited a number of flood-affected areas of the district during their day-long visit. The leader of the team Sandio Poundrik, Joint Secretary to the National Disaster Management Authority could not come as he had to undergo quarantine following COVID-19 protocol.
The team first arrived at Bandali under Chenga Revenue Circle to witness the flood devastation in Subha Jatradia road. They were shocked to see the devastation caused by flood when they saw Paka Betbari Pam and the broken bridge at Colony Bazar under Barpeta Revenue Circle. They also visited Kuriha and National Highway approach road at Kahara under Sarthebari Revenue Circle and Gahinpara Dloigain road and the embankment under Bajali Revenue Circle.
The Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta Munindra Sarma, and officials of PWD, Water Resource Department, PHE and Public Relation department also accompanied the team during their visit. A report of flood damage was handed over to the team by the officials of the District Disaster Management Authority.