MANGALDAI, July 30 - Minister of State for Revenue, Disaster Management and Labour and Employment Pallab Lochan Das on Friday visited the flood-affected Darrang district and took stock of the relief and rescue measures.
Accompanied by Mangaldai MLA Gurujyoti Das and Sipajhar MLA Binanda Kumar Saikia, the minister visited the areas under the worst-hit Mowamari Panchayat and Garukhuti Panchayat and interacted with the people staying in relief camps. Earlier, he reviewed the flood situation in the district and the relief measures undertaken to tackle it.
Meanwhile, referring to an allegation made by MLA Binanada Kumar Saikia against the Executive Engineer of the Mangaldai Water Resources Division, Bhogeswar Saikia, of not responding to his phone calls, minister Das directed the government officials concerned to ensure round-the-clock communication during flood or face disciplinary action. According to Narnarayan Nath, in-charge Deputy Commissioner, a total of 1,85,000 people and 17,000 hectares of cropland, besides around 1,50,000 livestock, have been affected in 128 villages under four revenue circles of the district. The death of a two-and-a-half-year-old child at No. 3 Dholpur village has been reported in the flood, added Nath.