Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management and Chief Executive Officer, Assam State Disaster Management Authority, Rajesh Prasad today visited Hailakandi and assessed the flood damages and relief and rescue operations in the worst hit district of Assam.
Following his arrival from Silchar, Prasad held a high level meeting with Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan and senior officials of the civil and police administration and reviewed the flood situation. Hailakandi MLA Anowar Hussain Laskar and Katlicherra MLA Suzamuddin Laskar.
Prasad asked the officials of the concerned departments, particularly Health and Public Health Engineering departments to pitch in all efforts to provide relief and succour to the flood hit people.
He assured the health officials that he would look into the shortage of doctors across the district. Prasad said doctors from Silchar and Gauhati Medical College and Hospitals would be dispatched if required.
Prasad said the Government has sanctioned Rs.1.70 crore for flood relief in Hailakandi district out of which Rs.50 lakh has been already released.
Ex-gratia of Rs.4 lakh would be released to the next of kith of the deceased within the next 48 hours.Two persons died in the deluge.
Later, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Khan, District Development Commissioner, FR Laskar and other senior officials, Prasad visited the flood hit Algapur revenue circle and interacted with inmates lodged in relief camps. Algapur MLA Nizamuddin Choudhury was present.
Of the 6,59,296 population in the district, 3,24,258 have been affected by the first wave of floods.165 relief camps have been set up by the district administration accommodating 1,32,430 inmates. SDRF and NDRF personnel evacuated 8216 marooned persons and moved them to safer places.
The district administration has been distributing rice, dal, salt, biscuits, baby food, purified packed drinking water and medicine to the affected people, including children and pregnant women.
10 medical teams have been covering the affected areas and relief camps.13 veterinary camps have been organised for the affected livestock.
The flood situation in the district has improved in the past 48 hours with the Katakhal and Barak rivers flowing below the danger level and Dholeswari river flowing only .02 meters above the danger level at noon.
Assam Rifles, Army and CRPF have been kept on standby to deal with any exigency.