GUWAHATI, May 19: Minister for Environment and Forest, Fisheries and Excise, Parimal Suklabaidya on Thursday visited the flood-hit Karimganj district in southern Assam’s Barak Valley to oversee relief operations.
At the direction of the chief minister, minister Suklabaidya visited the flood affected Badarpurghat, Kalairbond and Srigouri areas under Badarpur revenue circle to inspect the relief work at the relief camps set up at 993 Badarpurghat LP School, Kalairbond LP School and Srigouri Higher Secondary School. He interacted with the camp inmates and enquired about their conditions.
Taking stock of the situation, Suklabaidya, who also happens to be the Guardian minister of Karimganj district, expressed satisfaction that the affected people have been provided adequate relief and timely rescue by the administration. The minister also directed the authorities to swiftly engage in relief work and to provide relief materials in all the newly set up relief camps and also to those who are unable to leave their homes due to floods.
Circle officer, Badarpur, Twahir Alom and officials of concerned departments accompanied the minister.
Altogether 4,603 persons have been affected by floods in the district. The administration has opened nine distribution centres at Karimganj and five relief camps at Badarpur.
Flood waters have damaged two embankments at Krishnapur and Morolapara near Umarpur and roads at six locations, besides a culvert. SDRF personnel have evacuated 511 persons under Badarpur Revenue Circle and moved them to safer places.
Suklabaidya visited adjoining Hailakandi district to monitor the flood situation. Accompanied by deputy commissioner, Rohan Kumar Jha and other senior officials, Suklabaidya inspected the relief camp at Panchgram High School and interacted with the inmates.
The minister instructed the deputy commissioner to leave no stone unturned in extending relief materials to those affected with focus on medical care at the camp housing 300 inmates. Suklabaidya also visited the Thandapur LP School and Annada Charan HS School relief camps and took stock of the relief work. He asked the deputy commissioner to ensure safe drinking water to the inmates.
Currently 1,850 persons are affected in three villages under Algapur revenue circle of the district. Presently, 125 persons are housed in a relief camp.