Guwahati, May 28 : The death toll in flood in Assam increased to three with two more casualties reported today, even as the overall situation continued to remain grim. All the deaths have been reported from Goalpara district, which has been worst-hit in the first wave of flood this year. While one death was reported yesterday, two more were reported today, taking the tally to three so far, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) statement informed here. Over 2.94 lakh population in 15 revenue circles of nine districts of the state have been affected so far.
More than 2 lakh people have been affected in Goalpara district alone. At least two major rivers, Brahmaputra at Nimatighat in Jorhat and Kopili in Kampur in Nagaon, are flowing over the danger level. Altogether 91 relief camps have been opened in the flood-hit districts to shelter the affected people. District administrations are being assisted by SDRF in rescue and relief operations. Meanwhile, in a letter to all deputy commissioners, the CEO of ASDMA, MS Manivannan, has asked that school and college teachers and other staff of different departments who are not actively involved in COVID 19 duty be engaged in flood relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in his visit to Hojai district today, took stock of the flood affected areas and relief measures undertaken by the district administration in the wake of the recent flash floods in the district. The Chief Secretary reviewed the prevalent situation caused by the rising water level of river Kopili and assessed the damages during this on-site visit. He also visited a relief camp situated at Singari Basti Lower Primary school and interacted with the camp inmates about relief measures. Later, the Chief Secretary chaired a review meeting to this effect with the Hojai District Administration. On his return, the Chief Secretary also visited Nagaon and took stock of the current situation from the Deputy Commissioner. (UNI)