CM Hamanta visits worst hit Dibrugarh, 2.4 lakh people affected in 30 districts – Updates

Assam Floods: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday made an extensive visit to several flood-affected areas of Dibrugarh district, including urban areas, to assess the damage caused by breaching embankments. The visit took a detailed look at the urban flood situation in Dibrugarh city, which has been suffering from severe power shortage for the past nine days.

CM Sarma began his visit by visiting the flooded HS Road and Mahalia Road, directly interacting with the residents to understand their challenges. Highlighting the problems of urban flooding, he attributed the problem to the Brahmaputra river's water level rising above the danger mark due to blocked drains, which are hindering proper drainage.

While interacting with the affected people, Sarma assured them of the government's support through relief activities and medical facilities. Citizens have appealed to restore power supply immediately. Addressing this, Sarma explained, “Power supply had to be switched off to prevent electrocution accidents”, as quoted by PTI. He directed the district commissioner to restore power supply with public announcements to ensure people stay indoors during the process.

“We will involve experts and residents to find a community-based solution to the flood problem in Dibrugarh city,” the chief minister said, promising immediate action to clear the blocked drains after the flood waters receded. .

The Chief Minister also inspected the embankment breach in Khoang, where 30 villages were flooded by the overflow of Brohi Dihang River, personally assessing the damage.

They then visited the rugged area of ​​Tenga Khat, another embankment breach site of the Bredihang River. Sarma assured the people that the embankments would be repaired and strengthened. “The embankments will be initially repaired with the help of geobags, but there is also a proposal to build a strong embankment on the Bredihang River with funds from the Asian Development Bank,” he added.

'Embankments built during Congress': Assam CM hits back at flood allegations

In response to the opposition Congress Party's allegations of violations, Assam CM Sarma replied, “These embankments were built during their (Congress) tenure. If we start identifying the figures, More than 350 embankments were broken in 2004. This is not the time for politics.

While visiting a relief camp in Tengakhat, Sarma assured the displaced people of comprehensive assistance including food, clothing, and immediate repair of their damaged houses. He instructed to provide immediate medical aid to a sick person and noted down the phone number of an elderly person, promising to follow up on the distribution of aid.

“We are working on a war footing to ensure that connectivity is restored as soon as possible,” asserted the chief minister, as he saw the optimism of children at the relief camp who sang songs during his visit. cow “The hope I see in my children is the greatest motivation in the midst of this dire situation.”

The Assam Chief Minister shared videos of his interactions with residents of Dibrugarh where he talks to them about the damage, including damage to boats and loss of homes.

He wrote, “Families living on the banks of the river are the worst affected by the floods. Many have lost their boats and many have lost their houses. I have directed all district administrations to Everyone should be compensated before August 15, 2024.” x

More than 2.4 lakh people affected by floods in 30 districts in Assam, total death toll rises to 64

The flood situation has worsened in Assam, with more than 2.4 lakh people affected in 30 districts as major rivers flow above the danger mark. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) confirmed that two persons, including a child, were killed in a landslide due to incessant rain in Dispur area of ​​Kamrup Metropolitan District. This brings the death toll from floods, landslides and storms to 64 this year.

ASDMA's bulletin said that currently 24,20,722 people are affected, with 63,490.97 hectares of crops under water. Comparatively, 21,13,204 people were affected in 29 districts on Thursday, with 57,018 hectares of crops inundated.

Dhubri is among the worst affected districts with 7,75,721 people affected. Other worst affected districts include Durang (1,86,108), Cachar (1,75,231), Barpita (1,39,399) and Morigaon (1,46,045). A total of 47,103 affected people have taken shelter in 612 relief camps.

The rescue operation is on as more than 379 people and 483 animals have been rescued by various agencies. Urban flooding has been reported in Kamrup (Metropolitan), where a child is missing, as well as in Kamrup and Dibrugarh districts.

The Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark at Nemati Ghat, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. Its tributaries, including Brohi Dehang, Dakho, Dising, Dhanseri, Jaya Bharali, and Kopili, are also above the danger level. Similarly, according to PTI, the Barak River and its tributaries are flowing.

15,28,226 animals were affected by the flood, of which 84 were swept away in a single day. 77 wild animals were reported drowned in Kaziranga National Park, while 94 others were rescued from the flood waters.

According to the ASDMA bulletin, infrastructure damage includes 225 roads and 10 bridges. Assam Cabinet Ministers were deployed in various flood-affected districts to coordinate relief activities.

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