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Inter-ministerial Central team assesses flood damage at Hailakandi

Members of the inter-ministerial Central team inspecting a flood-affected site, in Hailakandi district on Friday. – Photo: Hailakandi Correspondent
 HAILAKANDI, Feb 9 - A three-member high-level inter-ministerial Central team assessing the damages caused by floods last year in Assam today visited Hailakandi district to carry out an on-the-spot assessment. Headed by Dr Arvind L Waghmare, director, Surgarcane Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, the team on its arrival inspected several flood-affected areas of the district that included embankment breach at Tosla, washed away approach road of RCC bridge at Kalacherra (Jamalpur), washed away portion of around 100 metres PWD road from Kalacherra towards Nityanandepur and embankment breaches at Boroitula, Kuchilaghat and Katagaon.

It also inspected the ongoing road-cum-embankment protection work at Katagaon. As part of its on-the-spot-assessment, the team interacted with the affected people and district administration to find out the intensity of the damages caused by the flood. Later in a meeting, Deputy Commissioner Krishna Govinda Bhuyan apprised the team about the damages caused by the flood last year.

Bhuyan, who also heads the District Disaster Management Authority, requested the inter-ministerial team to recommend substantial assistance to Hailakandi district in its report. ADC, Amalendu Roy and other officials of the line departments attended the meeting. A power-point presentation was made highlighting the extent of damages caused by Katakhal river affecting over 12 lakh people of 79 villages.

Bhuyan also referred to the issue of resettlement of people rendered homeless due to flood and urged the team to carry the same in its report for release of fund by the Central government. The team assured that it would submit its report with recommendations to the Government of India for early release of fund to tackle the flood damages.

Besides Dr Waghmare, the team comprised Gopal Sharan, scientist from NITI Aayog and Sachin Kumar Gautam, Assistant Executive Engineer from the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways. The team was accompanied by Rajesh Dutta, Engineering Consultant with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

Apart from Hailakandi district, the team is also carrying out on-the-spot study of flood damage in Cachar and Karimganj districts of Barak Valley.

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