Governor visits flood-affected areas

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi on July 30 visited the flood-hit Barpeta and Baksa districts where the over-flowing rivers created havoc, rendering thousands of people homeless.

The governor, during his day long visit, first went to Safakamar and took stock of the erosion-hit road. He also visited Chunbari and Bispani areas and inspected the erosion-affected places and interacted with the people. He also visited Mathanguri and inspected the entry point of river Beki which causes perpetual flood and erosion every year.

Visiting the areas in spite of inclement weather, Mukhi expressed concern over the extensive soil erosion perpetrated by Beki during its meandering course through Barpeta and Baksa districts.

Mukhi inspected several areas where largescale erosion took place. He said that he will have threadbare discussion with the senior officers of Water Resources department, Soil Erosion department to narrow down the probable causes of erosion and find out scientific solution to the long-standing problem.

The governor also said that since Beki is the transboundary river, sometimes heavy rain in upper reaches causes this river to be over flowing, leading to large scale erosion on both sides of its meandering course in Lower Assam districts.

Mukhi asked the district administrations of Baksa and Barpeta to expeditiously reach out to the flood-affected people and provide them relief. He also made it clear that the people displaced by flood and presently sheltered in relief camps should be given good quality relief materials. He also asked the DCs to make medical facilities available in relief camps and take special care of the infants, pregnant women, lactating mothers and elderly people.

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