The flood situation in Assam has worsened with fresh areas being inundated, even as the chief minister reviewed the relief operations in the state.
More than 4.20 lakh people in the state have been affected so far in 17 districts. At least six major rivers in the state are in spate, including the Brahmaputra in two places. Relief camps have been opened in different areas. So far, three persons have died in floods and landslides in the state.
Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 11 reviewed the prevailing flood situation in an interaction with the deputy commissioners and district level senior officials of different government departments of the state through a video conference and directed them to remain fully alert and prepared to tackle flood.
Stating that people in distress must get adequate care and response, the CM asked the DCs to activate 24×7 control rooms for immediate response to flood situation in their districts.
Sonowal while stressing on the need to ensure adequate medical services to flood-affected people, asked the DCs to contact the director of health services if there is any shortage of doctors in their respective districts.
He also instructed them to take steps for adequate care for animals affected by flood and arrange fodder for them.
Moreover, in view of the spurt of Japanese Encephalitis and malaria cases, the CM directed the health department functionaries to collect blood sample of relief camp inmates to contain the diseases.
Underlining the importance of prompt action by NDRF and SDRF personnel in rescue operations, the CM asked the DCs to remain in close touch with concerned district administrations where those teams are currently being stationed.
He also directed the police force to carry out regular patrolling in flood-affected areas and also asked the power department to take all necessary measures to prevent incidents of electrocution.
Besides, in case of any casualty in flood, he directed the DCs to release the one-time financial assistance to the next of kin of the victim immediately.
Apart from reviewing the present situation of inundation at Kaziranga and Manas national park, the CM took stock of the preparedness of Kamrup (Metro) district administration to respond to incidents of a landslide in the district.