MIRZA, Sept 26 � Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Dr J Balaji today said that over 4 lakh people of 350 villages under the Boko, Chhaygaon and Palasbari LACs have been affected by the current wave of floods. All efforts have been made to provide relief and undertake rescue operations in the flood-hit villages, he added. Dr Balaji claimed that the flood situation in Kamrup district is completely under control at present.
The DC told this correspondent that over 139 villages have been affected under the Boko Revenue Circle, 90 villages under the Chhaygaon Revenue Circle and 49 villages under the Goroimari Revenue Circle, 26 villages under the Chamaria Revenue Circle and 55 villages under the Palasbari Revenue Circle in Kamrup district.
Dr Balaji said that 12 persons had died in the floods in Kamrup district, adding that over 300-400 people were saved in the Boko area due to the timely action of the district administration on the night of September 22. He said that the Government has already announced Rs 3.5 lakh as ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased and an amount of Rs 10,000 has already been given to the next of kin of the deceased for cremation.
Dr Balaji said that the flood situation in Boko is improving fast, but the water level at Goroimari, Chamaria and Nagarbera Revenue Circles is still critical. He said that crops in over 418 villages have been destroyed and several hundred heads of cattle have also perished in the floods.
On the fate of the four orphaned children � Rupam Kumar and Bhanita Kumari, who lost their parents, and Nayan Kumar and Namita Kumari, who lost their mother on September 22 � Dr Balaji said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had said that the Government would take full responsibility of the orphaned children. �The SOS village or other similar institutions will take care of the education and shoulder other responsibilities of these orphaned children,� he said.
Meanwhile, the body of Ramen Das of Satpokhali village under the Palasbari Revenue Circle, who had been missing since the last three days, was recovered yesterday and a seven-year-old girl, Reshma Begum, also died at Futuri village under the Palasbari LAC due to diarrhoea and fever.