Assam Flood: Sonowal Asks DCs To Speed Up Rescue Operations

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked all deputy commissioners to reach out to flood-affected people. Photo courtesy: @CMOfficeAssam

Guwahati, July 11, 2019

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 11th, 2019 directed the district administrations to accelerate relief and rescue operations as the second wave of flood has affected over 62,000 people across eight districts of the state till now. He also took stock of the measures taken by the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the flood-affected districts of the state via video conferencing.

He directed the DCs to activate flood control room for round the clock service. Asking the district administration to take special care of all kinds of medical emergencies in the relief camps, the Chief Minister directed the medical department to keep an eye to tackle the outbreak of any epidemic. In case of emergencies, Sonowal directed the district authorities to contact the Health Secretary.

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As the flood compelled several people to take shelter in the relief camps, Sonowal asked the DCs to provide them with adequate relief materials. He also asked the DCs to monitor the health and food of the animals affected by the flood. Sonowal also enquired about the flood situation in Kaziranga.

He has asked the DCs to take preventive measures to avoid death or injury due to electrocution. He also asked the administration to make blood testing for Japanese Encephalitis and malaria viruses available in the relief camps.

Sonowal also directed Assam Police to patrol the relief camps and flood-affected areas. He also directed the district administration to release one-time financial aid to the next of the kin of a person who died due to flood.

The Chief Minister also directed Kamrup Metropolitan district administration to detect the landslide-prone areas and conduct awareness campaigns.

It may be mentioned that Sonowal had earlier urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive flood management programme to take up flood and erosion management work in Assam. The revival of the programme would enable the Assam government to take up the flood protection works on a renewed momentum, Sonowal had said to Modi.