|Slight improvement in Tinsukia flood situation|
TINSUKIA, Sept 24 – With the water levels of rivers receding, the overall flood situation in the district showed slight improvement today. But the north bank of Sadiya is still cut off from the mainland as normal ferry services could not be resumed till today.
The areas under the six Gaon Panchayats namely, Amarpur, Ambikapur, Na-Sadia, Holo Gaon, Kundil and Sunpura are still totally cut off from the subdivisional headquarters, Chapakhowa. The four helicopters that were pressed into services for rescue operations and air-dropping of food and other essential materials yesterday continued its services today also in the remotest areas. Due to the high current of the Brahmaputra and damage to the bridge over Bandar-khaal the ferry services between north bank and south bank remained snapped till today rendering supply of relief materials to Sadiya a difficult proposition. Till today, about 1,800 people could be rescued from the flood-hit areas with the help of Army, NDRF and local people in the area. There are about 6,000 people staying in the 30 relief camps as of today.
Though the water level receded in the flood-affected areas under Doomdooma Revenue Circle of the district, about 1,200 people are still in 21 relief camps. The district administration has provided food materials and medical services to the inmates of these camps. Relief materials have also been sent to the people trapped in the remote flood-affected areas of Azukha, Laopani, Sisini, etc., of south bank of Sadiya.
The situation of Guijan area under Tinsukia Revenue Circle is also improving as the water levels have receded slightly. People started leaving relief camps for their homes. About 1,500 people are still in 9 relief camps. But most of the areas of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park are stil under water.
In the meantime, Paban Singh Ghatowar, Minister for DoNER and local MP, visited some of the relief camps and flood-affected areas of the district today. He also discussed with the higher officials of the district administration to take the stock of the situation.