Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 11 visited the flood-affected areas in Biswanath and Lakhimpur districts to take stock of the situation unleashed by fresh bout of floods.
Sonowal, who was accompanied by water resources minister Keshab Mahanta and irrigation minister Ranjit Dutta, visited flood and erosion hit areas perpetrated by the Buroi and Chatrong rivers in Gohpur areas. He also visited relief camps put up in the district and oversaw the facilities given to the camp inmates.
Sonowal interacted with camp inmates and asked the district administration to reach out to the flood-affected people. He also asked the deputy commissioner to intensify relief and rescue operations.
Taking into consideration of the severity of erosion caused by Buroi and Chatrong rivers, Sonowal directed the water resources department to take immediate steps to help the people. Sonowal also handed over a cheque worth Rs 4 lakh given as immediate compensation from SDR fund to the father of Dipankar Bora who died from drowning.
Later, the chief minister visited Naoboicha of Lakhimpur district and took stock of the damage caused to the road by Singora river. He directed PWD to restore the road. Sonowal also visited relief camp set up at Balitika ME Madrassa and took stock of the facilities put in place for the camp inmates. Around 1,000 camp inmates from 216 families have taken shelter in the relief camp.
MLA Gohpur Utpal Bora, MLA Biswanath Promode Barthakur were present during chief minister’s visit to the area.