|Over 11 lakh people hit by Dhubri floods|
GAURIPUR, July 21 – A total of 11,36,436 people belonging to 1,42,891 families of 872 villages in Dhubri district have been affected in the recent flood. Hatsingimari and Bilasipara subdivisions are the worst affected. Almost 58 per cent of the district’s population of 19,48,632 was hit hard in the recent wave of floods.
The district administration has got into action and started relief and rescue measures promptly with the subdivisional and district level officials. Relief camps were opened in institutions as well as raised platforms.
Altogether 178 relief camps were opened and 23,255.54 quintals of rice, 4446.57 quintals of masur dal, 1295.39 quintals of iodised salt, 231.50 quintals of chira, 5.30 quintals of gur, 2,84,354 metres of polythene sheets and 1,000 pieces of tarpouline were distributed. For the affected livestock population, a total of 8,100 quintals of wheat bran were distributed. The PHE department has installed 104 HTWs and repaired 156 HTWs and distributed 17,540 disinfectant packets among the flood-affected families.
The recent flood caused heavy damage to the agricultural sector and 84,835 hectares of crop area have been seriously affected and 42 heads of livestock were lost. As many as 93 roads were damaged and three RCC bridges and 21 embankments were reportedly damaged. The loss has been provisionally assessed at a little over Rs 120 crore, while the cost of GR, etc., provided by the authorities up to July 11 was Rs 13.50 crore.