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Flood damage assessment under way in Hailakandi


HAILAKANDI, June 29 - The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) here has approved a number of proposals related to flood-induced damages.

Reviewing the department-wise assessment of flood damages in a meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of DDMA Adil Khan asked the district heads to submit flood damage report of their respective departments as per SDRF norms and Assam Disaster Management Manual.

The meeting unanimously approved 79 proposals submitted by the Public Health Engineering (PHE), Hailakandi division at an estimated cost of Rs1.33 crore as per SDRF norms. Till the damaged pipelines are fully restored, the Deputy Commissioner asked the Executive Engineer, PHE Division to ensure uninterrupted drinking water supply in the flood-affected areas as well as in the urban areas of the district. In all, 105 piped water supply schemes were affected by the deluge.

It approved the three proposals with estimates submitted by the Water Resources, Hailakandi Division to the tune of Rs1.33 crore for immediate strengthening of embankment along the left bank of river Katakhal from Mohanpur to the confluence at a cost of Rs 43.14 lakh, immediate measures for strengthening of embankment along left bank of river Katakhal from Ratanpur Ghat to Mohanpur at an estimated cost of Rs 23.36 lakh and improvement of Dholeswari and Katakhal drainage Basin Phase-II at Boroitali amounting to Rs 47.52 lakh. Besides breaches in these three embankments, 17 other breaches took place in the district due to the recent unprecedented deluge.

Deputy Commissioner Khan directed the Executive Engineer of Water Resources and Executive Engineer of PWD (Rural Roads) to construct a bamboo bridge on priority basis in the damaged portion of the embankment at Tasla as a temporary measure for the convenience of the flood-hit people.

Khan asked the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer to submit post mortem report of cattle and other animals that died due to the deluge so that compensation could be paid to the owners. He also directed the veterinary officer to conduct extensive camps for animals in the affected areas and to ensure supply of wheat bran in those areas where fodder scarcity may arise.

The meeting approved the proposals submitted by the Joint Director of Health Services at a cost of Rs 7.60 lakh for repairing 38 partially-affected health institutions, including 34 sub centres, besides Rs1.5 lakh for the damaged Block PHC at Kalinagar.

The meeting directed all the Circle Officers of the four revenue circles to submit report of houses damaged, fully and partially, as per SDRF norms by July 2 positively.

Further, 72 roads, culverts and bridges under the PWD rural roads were affected by the deluge. Nearly Rs17.93 crore is required for repair of rural roads, Rs17.19 crore under State roads and Rs55 lakh under the PWD�s national highways division.

Of the 640 primary school buildings affected, 67 schools are fully damaged and 573 partially and an estimated Rs1.50 crore is required for repair of the school buildings. 18 secondary schools have also been affected and around Rs 25.75 lakh is required for renovation.

Around Rs 2.26 crore is required for a total of 305 schemes affected by flood waters under MGNREGA, 14th Finance Commission, BRGF, DPP and others under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department.

A total of 2,484.65 hectares of cropland have been affected and around Rs14.70 crore is required to fill up the loss. Around 41,747 farmers have been hit by the deluge. Assessment is on for the loss due to siltation of around 200 hectares of cropland.

Nearly Rs.6 lakh is required for repair of three damaged veterinary dispensaries. 1,11,690 livestock, big and small, have been affected, out of which 64 died. In all, 105.54 hectares of fisheries, besides 1,233 ponds were also affected by the floods.

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