Guwahati, August 14: While this year’s rainfall has caught many North-Eastern states under massive floods where lakhs of people got affected and went homeless, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took inspection of flood affected areas after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on Sonowal to take a review of flood affected areas of Assam.
Prime Minister Modi on a call had a conversation with CM Sonowal and enquired about the scale of devastation caused by the current wave of flood in the state where the flood situation has remained grim with death toll crossing over 10 as Army has been called out to help in the rescue operation in western Assam areas.
Also, PM Modi assured all cooperation from the central government in overcoming the havoc caused by flood and informed that all necessary steps would be taken for helping the state government to mitigate the problem.
CM Sonowal told the Prime Minister about the various measures taken by the government for providing relief to the flood affected people and also informed that the administrations of all 19 floods hit districts have been directed to ensure speedy relief distribution to the victims, a source in the CM’s office said.
Saying that once flood is over the government would take up rehabilitation measures and strengthening of the embankments would be done on a war footing, Sonowal stated the government is serious in its pursuit of a permanent solution to the recurring floods. Meanwhile, on Sunday CM Sarbananda Sonowal visited the flood relief camp at Bhismak LP School at Panchmile, Sadiya and took stock of the arrangements for the inmates. He also visited Kundil Riverside over Kundil Bridge and directed Water Resource Department to take immediate measures to stop erosion.
For the third time, Assam has engulfed again in the horrors of massive floods where around more than 3 Lakhs people got affected. Triggered by heavy rainfall, Assam witnessed heavy floods for the third time this year along with Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya. A total of 354,326 people have been affected in the 15 districts while close to 14,000 people have taken shelter in 45 relief camps opened by the authorities, the officials said.