BARPETA, Aug 22 - The second wave of flood has affected 6,26,619 people belonging to 456 villages in Barpeta district. This was informed by the district administration in a meeting held in the conference room of the office of the Deputy Commissioner yesterday evening, where situation arising out of the flood and steps taken were discussed elaborately.
Apprising the dignitaries about the flood loss, additional Deputy Commissioner in-charge of revenue and disaster management, Satyajyoti Barua revealed that 33,144 hectares of crop lands have been submerged and a total of 4,96,492 pets have been affected in the recent wave of flood. While one person had lost his life, another three are still untraced after a boat mishap near Baghbar on the August 20 last.
The meeting was informed that the administration had undertaken prompt and timely action in rescuing the marooned people and provided sufficient relief materials to the affected people. Till now 8731.62 quintal of rice, 1591.80 quintal of dal, 447.38 quintal of salt, 3000 sheets of polythene and 5980 sheets of tarpaulin have been distributed among the flood-affected people.
Participating in the meeting, executive engineer of the Water Resource Department Pulak Choudhury presented some schemes to be implemented in association with the Rural Development department, which was approved unanimously.
Addressing the meeting, president of the State BJP and MLA of Sarbhog constituency, Ranjeet Kumar Dass urged upon the officers to give more importance to repairing of roads and embankments damaged by the floods. He lauded the work of the officers towards relief and rescue operations during the flood.
The meeting presided over by the Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta Thaneswar Malakar was attended by MLAs of Sarukshetri � Jakir Hussain Sikdar, Bhabanipur � Abul Kalam Azad, Chenga � Sukur Ali Ahmed, Barpeta � Gunindra Nath Das, Baghbar � Sherman Ali Ahmed, president of Barpeta Zila Parishad Majibar Rahman Khan, District Development Commissioner Latifur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Zila Parishad Ramendra Nath Sarma and other senior officers of the district.