GOALPARA, July 28 - With the flood situation remaining gloomy throughout Wednesday, the rising water level of the Brahmaputra, which is now flowing at 36.88 mtrs (.61 mtrs above the danger level), has freshly inundated a total of 198 villages affecting 1,32,803 people in the district. Reacting to the emergency situation, the district disaster authority has instantly announced the supply of gratuity relief along with other basic items to all the flood-affected inmates, who have taken shelter in the temporary relief camps set up for them. Besides, cattle feeds and fodder to the livestocks at these camps have been also supplied.
According to official reports, a total of 15 temporary relief camps have been set up for approximately 32,500 affected people in 62 villages under Balijana Revenue Circle while a total of nine relief camps have been set up for 64,781 affected people in 40 villages under Matia Revenue Circle but no relief camp has been set up till the filing of this report under the Lakhipur Revenue Circle for 45,522 partially-affected people from 96 villages.
Meanwhile, talking to this correspondent, the Deputy Commissioner, JVN Subramanyam, while expressing satisfaction after inspecting these relief camps said that he is coordinating the entire relief operation which is going on smoothly and a display board on the amount of gratuity relief received, a camp inmate register and also a grievance mechanism have been placed for the first time so as to ensure an orderly and smooth distribution of the food material and other assistance.
A medical team with doctors is keeping round-the-clock vigil besides providing water purification tablets to all the camp inmates, Subramanyam added.