Rajnath Singh to visit Assam flood affected areas tomorrow
Guwahati, July 29 (IBNS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit to Assam on July 30 and to take stock of flood situation in the state.
An official of the state government said that, the Union Home Minister will arrive at Borjhar International Airport and to fly to the flood affected Morigaon district and to take stock the situation.
Rajnath Singh will also review the flood situation in the state with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other government officials and then fly back to Delhi in the evening.
Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowalvisited flood affected areas in Dhubri and Chirang districts and took stock of the relief and rescue operations undertaken for the affected people.
Sonowal visited a relief camp set up at Pratap Chandra Higher Secondary School at Gauripur and inspected the relief operations being undertaken for the camp inmates.
He also took stock of the medical, drinking water and other ancillary facilities being given to the inmates.
Sonowal asked the administration to take special care of all kinds of medical emergencies and the health of the infants, children and aged people living in the relief camp.
He also directed the medical department to keep an eye to tackle the outbreak of any epidemic and veterinary and animal husbandry department to supply fodder stock in adequate quantity.
Earlier, the Assam CM convened a review meeting with the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and other line departments and took stock of the relief and rescue operations pressed in to help the marooned people.
Since the current wave of flood compelled several people to take shelter in the relief camps, Sonowal asked the administration to help the affected people generously with adequate relief materials. Instruction has also been issued to send relief materials to the houses of flood-affected people but not rendered homeless.
Sonowal asked the DC to be vigilant with his men and machinery and keep vigil on embankments and other vulnerable areas likely to spur more damages.
He also asked the district administration to undertake repair work on the dykes if there is any and ensure security at the relief camps on 24X7 basis.
The Assam CM informed that fund has already been released for relief and rescue operations and that steps are being taken to provide kerosene, candle and even seedlings to the flood affected people. Minister for Public Health Engineering Rihon Daimary, MLAs Bilasipara East Ashok Singhi, Bilasipara West Hafiz Bashir Ahmed, Gauripur Nijamur Rahman, Golkaganj Ashwini Roy Sarkar, Dhubri Nazrul Haque, DC Dhubri along with a host of senior officers were present at the meeting.
In the second lap of his gruelling tour, Sonowal held another review meeting with the district administrations of Bongaigaon and Chirang. He took stock of the measures that both the district administrations have put in to ease the sufferings of the flood affected people
He asked the DCs to provide all facilities including sanitary and security to the camp inmates and emphasised that from the next year monitoring and supervision of embankments will be undertaken well ahead of the onset of monsoon.
Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Ranjeet Dass, Environment and Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, PHED Minister Rihon Daimary, Deputy CEM, BTC Khampa Borgoiary, MLAs Chandan Brahma, Kamal Singh Narzary, DCs of Bongaigaon and Chirang were present at the meeting.
After the review meeting, the Assam CM visited Dooma village under Sidli revenue circle and inspected the breach on the embankment of the Aie river which displaced nearly 40 families.
Sonowal directed the Water Resources Department and district administration to repair the breach on a war footing and take steps to redress the erosion.
He also asked the district administration to make arrangements for the rehabilitation of the displaced people.
Sonowal also mooted the idea of constituting a committee with Water Resources Department at the helm of affairs and local people to look after the embankments and erosion related problems perpetuated by Aie river in the districts.
Sonowal also visited a relief camp at Subaijhar Higher Secondary School and interacted with camp inmates.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)
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