Assam CM visits flood-hit district:orders restoration of road link

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Guwahati, Jun 17 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today reviewed the flood situation in North Lakhimpur district where eight people had died and a massive devastation occurred the following flash floods.

Though official sources pegged the toll at eight, other sources put the figure at 17.

Mr Gogoi visited the Ganeshmandir chowk on NH 52 where a 25-m stretch was washed away by the floods, snapping road communication with the district and directed for immediate restoration of the road, state Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman, who accompanied the Chief Minister, informed.

The PWD chief engineer (national highways) said it would take 10-12 days for complete restoration and in the meantime, provisions would be made, with coordination of the district administration, for transport of people by motor-engine boats.

The Minister also informed that a team would soon leave for Arunachal Pradesh to enquire the reports that release of excess water from the neighbouring state's dams that led to the flash floods in northern Assam.

Water from an NHPC dam and two coffer dams of a NEEPCO site had caused the floods in Assam.

Mr Gogoi also handed over ex-gratia of Rs one lakh each to the families of three of the total eight people killed in the flood so far as per government records.

Dr Barman said relief materials, including safe drinking water and fodder for animals, were being supplied by the government and rescue and relief operations were on in full swing.

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