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South Kamrup flood situation improving

By Correspondent

MIRZA, July 29 - The flood situation in South Kamrup district improved slightly on Thursday with the water level of the Brahmaputra showing a receding trend in Kamrup and South Kamrup districts.

However, the water was still flowing 30 cm above the danger mark at 7 pm on Thursday and over 60 villages of Nagarbera, Goroimari, Palasbari and Hajo Revenue Circle are still underwater.

Chhaygaon MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed and South Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Prakash Baruah visited over 20 flood-affected villages (located in the middle of the Brahmaputra at great risk) under Goroimari Revenue Circle on Thursday by using 4 mechanised country boats and took stock of the situation. The DC & MLA were accompanied by senior officials, including ADC Pulak Mahanta, Civil SDO Gautam Majumdar, SDM & HO of Chhaygaon Block Hospital, Dr Radhacharan Das

The MLA and DC interacted with the inmates of over 5 relief camps located at Balagaon, Batahidia, Khetrapara, Kathalguri etc villages under Goroimari Revenue Circle.

The MLA subsequently urged the DC to promptly arrange to distribute necessary relief materials to the flood- ravaged families of Goroimari and Chhaygaon Revenue circles. He also sought installation of adequate number of tubewells for supply of potable water to the affected people.

MLA Ahmed also directed the SDM & HO to immediately provide medical services to the flood-hit people of Chhaygaon LAC, besides taking adequate measures to prevent outbreak of epidemics and water-borne diseases in the areas.

Talking to this newspaper, the Deputy Commissioner said that all possible measures have been taken to ameliorate the collective plight of the flood-affected people. He said that he had already directed all the circle officers of Boko, Palasbari and Nagarbera revenue circles in South Kamrup district to visit all the flood-affected villages within their jurisdiction, including those located in the riverine areas and conduct relief and rescue operations. Accordingly, the concerned circle officers visited the affected villages, the DC informed.

Later, the DC also visited flood-affected villages under Nagarbera Revenue Circle and Palasbari Revenue Circle.

Meanwhile, the Circle Officer of Palasbari Revenue Circle, Pankaj Chakraborty visited the worst flood-affected villages such as Bardia, Bhatkhowadia, Pagladia, Hengratari etc and took stock of the situation.

He said that six camps were set up under Palasbari Revenue Circle and relief would be provided to the inmates, besides other flood-affected people living in the villages. Fodder for the cattle has already been distributed among the villagers, he informed.

�Adequate number of boats have been provided to the flood-stricken families,� Chakraborty told The Assam Tribune.

Earlier, Palasbari MLA Pranab Kalita visited some flood-affected villages like Simina, Dakhala on July 27 and assured all possible help from the Government for the safety of the marooned people.

Official sources said that the Minister of State for Revenue and Disaster Management Pallab Lochan Das accompanied by the MLA of Hajo, Suman Haripriya and Kamrup DC Vinod Seshan inspected flood-affected areas of Hajo circle in Kamrup district on Thursday.

During his visit, the Minister interacted with the flood-affected people in two relief camps set up at Solmari LP School and Gaonburha Pam village. He also visited a cattle relief camp set up at Gaonburha Pam.

The Minister reviewed the relief measures undertaken by the district administration at the Hajo Inspection Bungalow with the departmental heads. Reviewing the relief measures, the Minister expressed satisfaction and urged the Government officials to provide all possible assistance to the effected people and asked them to ensure proper sanitation, health and hygiene facility in all the relief camps, besides providing all relief items.

He also directed installation of sufficient handpumps and toilet facilities in all the relief camps. The Minister also stressed on undertaking regular health check-up of the inmates and directed all the officers to remain alert and not to leave the headquarter during this time of natural disaster.

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