Flood damage repair to start within 60 days: Gogoi

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Silchar, Sep 18 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said work for repair of the damage, caused by the current wave of flood in Barak valley of thestate, would be taken up within the next 60 days.

Mr Gogoi said fund would be no problem in this direction.

The fund whatsoever required would be made available to make it sure that the damages were repaired properly and relief and rehabilitation measures not hampered, the Chief Minister said.

Mr Gogoi made an aerial survey of flood-affected Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Barak valley by an Indian Air Force chopper.

The three districts had been reeling under severe deluge for the past 12 days.

Talking to media persons at Kumbhirgram airport near here after taking stock of the flood situation, the Chief Minister said he had asked the officials that the fund, to be made available, should be utilised properly.

He said he had asked the officials to submit the report on damage, caused by the flood, and send it immediately to the government so that fund could be released without delay.

The Chief Minister had a meeting with the officials of three south Assam districts at the airport only to review the situation.

According to official sources, the currant wave of devastating flood had inundated 121,247 hectare of paddy land in the three districts of Barak valley and one million people had been affected.

More than 50 flood control dykes had been breached in different places.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in this valley remained unchanged and continued to remain grim with Barak and its tributaries flowing well above danger level.

There was no improvement in the situation although water level in all the major rivers was on receding trend, said CWC sources.


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