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Gogoi visits flood-hit areas

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 27 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today visited the flood-hit areas of Guwahati city to assess the situation, following the heavy rains that lashed the city throughout last night claiming 8 lives, stated an official press release.

The Chief Minister, accompanied by senior officials, visited the sluice gates at Bharalumukh and Rajgarh Road, MLAs Hostel at Dispur and other parts of the city to inspect the flood situation. Gogoi waded through knee-deep water in the MLA Hostel complex to assess the situation.

The Chief Minister took stock of the situation with senior officials for about 40 minutes at the official residence of Fisheries Minister Basanta Das.

He directed Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla and other senior officials to visit the inundated areas of the city and to take up measures on a war-footing to tackle the situation.

The Chief Minister, who is closely monitoring the situation, also asked Additional Chief Secretary VB Pyarelal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, MGVK Bhanu, Commissioner and Secretary, Political, Prateek Hajela and Deputy Commissioner In-charge, Kamrup (Metro) Rajib Prakash Baruah to make an on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas and to take up measures on a war-footing to deal with the situation.

He asked country boats to be pressed into service to evacuate people from the flood-hit areas. The Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioner In-charge, Kamrup (Metro) to provide immediate gratuitous relief to the affected people.

Meanwhile, the district administration has been providing relief materials and foodstuff to the people of the flood-hit areas of the city. The Kamrup metropolitan district administration has extended ex-gratia of Rs 10,000 each to the next of the kin of the victims� families.

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