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Flood situation in State improving

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 24 - The overall pre-monsoon flood situation, caused by intense rainfall activities in the State since April 15, has shown signs of improvement today, said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) here this evening.

According to the ASDMA sources, flood situation is improving in Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts, while slight improvement has also been marked in the flood situation of Charaideo district.

Till yesterday, a population of around 42,658 was affected by the floodwaters of the rivers in the four districts of Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Charaideo. The floodwaters also affected a crop area of over 1,018 hectares.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) stated that the river Burhidihing at Khowang and river Desang at Nangalamaraghat are flowing above the danger level.

Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been pressed into service in the flood-hit areas of Charaideo district for search and rescue operations.

Chief Secretary of the State today took an emergency flood review meeting with the heads of the line departments. Deputy Commissioners of the flood-hit districts also took part in the meeting through video-conferencing. They apprised the Chief Secretary of the prevailing flood situation in their respective districts.

The Chief Secretary directed the Deputy Commissioners to keep close watch on the flood situation. He has also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar to extend all possible support to the district administration of Charaideo, in handling the situation.

Chief Executive Officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority has also been directed to be in close touch with the district administrations of the flood-hit districts to extend the required support in matters of responding to the situation resulting from flood.

He also directed the Water Resources Department (WRD) National Highway wing of the Public Works Department (PWD), and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to send their officers for joint inspection of the damage caused to the NH-53 at Panchgram, Hailakandi tomorrow. He also requested the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highway to direct their regional officer to be in touch with the Deputy Commissioner, Hailakandi.

Meanwhile, the Borjhar-based Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) of the IMD has informed that the weather condition is likely to improve after April 25.

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