CM Sonowal inspecting parts of flood-hit Goalpara district Credit: Twitter

GUWAHATI: Altogether 11 revenue circles of the state covering seven districts of Assam have been affected due to the first wave of floods.

Overall 3,81320 people have been affected and standing crops covering an area of 24,755 hectares of land have also been destroyed. Two more persons died, taking the death toll to five due to flooding.

In the seven districts — Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, Nalbari, West Karbi Anglong, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia— as many as 190 relief camps/centres have been set up. Nearly 20,000 people are taking shelter in these camps. Kopili River at Kampur (Nagaon) continues to flow above the danger level.

“Embankments in Hojai, Barpeta and Udalguri have been damaged due to the flood. The number of big and small animals affected stands at 52,561 and 21,833, respectively,” sources said.

CM Sonowal interacting with a child inmate in a relief camp

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the State government would deal with the prevailing flood situation in pursuance of the new relief manual which would strengthen the state government’s efforts to give relief and respite to the flood victims as well as fighting with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visiting Goalpara, which was hit by the first wave of floods, Sonowal said that in view of the prevailing flood which has affected as many as 11 districts, the State government would reach out to the flood-affected people with the new relief manual which would also help the State government to battle against novel coronavirus pandemic.

Assam CM Sonowal in his Twitter

“#AssamFloods have washed away the SH-12 bridge connecting Agia-Lakhipur in Goalpara district, leading to connectivity breakdown,” CM said in his Twitter.

He also inspected the site and spoke to the local public. Sonowal also took stock of the temporary relief camps set up at Agia Balijana Girls’ High School and Dwarka Primary School in Goalpara and interacted with the camp inmates there. He directed the deputy commissioner to provide quality food, drinking water and medical help.

He said that doctors should visit the relief centres and provide medical attention to the inmates present there.

Relief being districbuted to a section of flood-hit people in Goalpara

He also said that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic wherein social distancing is regarded as the golden deterrent to keep the virus at bay, the district administration should ensure strict adherence to the social distancing norms in the relief camps.

“Directed the officials present to do necessary medical checkups and take steps to prevent the outbreak of disease due to floods among the relief camp residents,” CM said in his twitter.

Sonowal also visited the Integrated Child Development Project office and took stock of the facilities put up for the children who are staying at the relief camps. He also talked to ASHA workers and lauded the relentless services they are rendering when the State is going through challenges like flood and the coronavirus pandemic.

Sonowal also visited the Agia-Lakhipur State Highway-12, a portion of which was completely washed away by the flood. He took stock of the extent of damage and asked the concerned officials to restore communication through that portion on a war-footing and repair the bridge part. He also asked the DC to oversee the process and report to him at the earliest.

CM Sonowal interacting with health workers during his visit to flood-hit areas in Goalpara

“Amidst the fight against #COVID19, Assam is also tackling floods in the state. Visited flood relief camps at Agia Balijana Girls’ High School & Dwarka Primary School in Goalpara. Interacting with flood victims,took stock of their well-being & distributed food packets among them,” he said in his twitter.

The Chief Minister also visited a quarantine centre set up at Ayurvedic Hospital at Dudhnoi during his visit to the district.

Meanwhile, in Karbi Anglong district of the state, several areas in West Karbi Anglong have been inundated due to the increasing floodwaters of Kopili river.

Official sources inform here that Kopili river is flowing above the danger mark and the floodwater has forced several villagers of low-lying areas to abandon their houses.

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