GUWAHATI, July 19 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday telephoned Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the flood, erosion, COVID-19 and Baghjan oil well fire situation and expressed solidarity with the people of Assam during these difficult times.
He also enquired about the steps taken by the State Government for the relief and rehabilitation of flood-affected people and treatment of COVID-19 positive patients.
During the conversation, Sonowal apprised the Prime Minister that 26 districts of the State have been affected by the current wave of flood and the State government is taking steps for providing shelter to the flood-affected people in the relief camps set up for the purpose and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols have been ensured in those relief camps.
Sonowal also informed that have farm lands and houses been severely affected by erosion. The district administrations have been instructed to tackle the problems due to floods. The Chief Minister has been visiting different places to monitor and assess the damage caused by flood and erosion along with the rescue and rehabilitation operations.
Informing about the COVID-19 scenario in the State, Sonowal apprised the Prime Minister that the number of positive cases was increasing in the State.
Sonowal expressed confidence that the Health Department would be able to handle the situation even if the number of positive cases goes up rapidly in the near future.
Constant interactions were held with the doctors, nurses and all other COVID-19 warriors and the medical colleges in the State had also been directed to strengthen the COVID-19 treatment facility. Sonowal also said that many inmates in the State�s jails had also been detected as COVID-19 positive and necessary steps had been initiated to ensure proper treatment of those inmates.
Referring to the Baghjan oil well fire incident, the Chief Minister informed that the Union Petroleum Ministry had been persistently carrying out activities to completely douse the fire and the State Government was extending all cooperation in this regard.
The Prime Minister said that the Central Government was keeping a close watch on flood, erosion, COVID-19 and Baghjan fire situation in the State and had been standing closely with the people of Assam during these difficult times. He also assured all help and cooperation from the Central Government in managing these challenges.