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Hailakandi facing shortage of drinking water
Correspondent
 HAILAKANDI, June 20 - Hailakandi district has been facing shortage of drinking water for the past several days due to a damage caused by the flood in the main water supply line. The main pipeline was damaged by flood at Bahadurpur village recently. The department sources informed that it would take at least seven days’ time to restore the normal supply of piped water.

A temporary arrangement has been made to draw 40,000 litres per day from Gandhi Ghat in Hailakandi town, informed Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering department, AB Choudhury.

The department has been working to restore piped water supply to Hailakandi and Lala and in South Hailakandi areas which were disrupted due to the deluge.

Deputy Commissioner, Hailakandi, Adil Khan has directed the officials of the concerned departments to step up efforts to provide relief to the flood-hit people. “Our district has been passing through a tough time. I urge you all to make extra efforts to work for the relief and rehabilitation of our brothers and sisters,” he added.

Khan has been inspecting the breached embankments and assessing the damages to roads and infrastructure across the district. Today, he visited the embankment breach site at Mohonpur under Algapur revenue circle.

The Deputy Commissioner has entrusted three Additional Deputy Commissioners and sub-divisional officer (Sadar) to make assessment of the flood damages in the district and to submit a report accordingly. Khan held a meeting with the District Disaster Management Authority SP, senior officials, Circle Officers and heads of the concerned departments at his office on Wednesday and reviewed the flood situation in the district and sought a detailed report about the damage caused by the current wave of flood.

Meanwhile, in view of scarcity of drinking water and fodder for the livestock in the worst flood- hit Hailakandi district, the district administration has asked the tea garden management to come forward to tide over the crisis.

In a meeting with the managers of 17 tea estates on Tuesday, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, District Disaster Management Authority, EL Faihreim requested them to provide drinking water to the people and fodder for the livestock affected by the deluge.

It was decided in the meeting that the tea garden management would supply at least 10,000 litres of drinking water through tankers to the affected areas. In this context, the Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering department, will direct the rural water supply plants to ensure supply of the required quantity of drinking water to the tea garden authorities till the situation returns to normalcy.

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