Assam CMSonowal in Hojai
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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday took stock of various flood affected areas in Hojai district.

The chief minister visited flood affected areas like Hatimura, Dakshin Kenduguri, Nabhanga and Jugijaan village in the district.

Due to incessant rains in the last week, the flood waters of Kopili and Jamuna rivers submerged many villages of the district.

The first wave of flash floods has affected 93 villages.

The floods affected 94,445 people and 7650.50 hectares of agricultural land in Hojai district.

Following the floods, the district authorities set up 54 relief camps and more than 10,000 people have taken shelter in these relief camps.

The chief minister also visited the areas which have been affected due to erosion by river Kopili and the breached embankment.

Following his visit, the chief minister directed the Water Resources department to repair the breached portions on a war footing.

He also asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to repair the damaged roads.

Sonowal also went through slushy roads and visited the relief camps set up at Jugijan and distributed nutritious food to the children.

The chief minister during his visit to the relief camps made a fervent appeal to the camp inmates to adhere to social distancing protocols and save themselves from COVID 19 infection.

He also asked the district administration to conduct regular health check up on the camp inmates.

The CM also asked the administration to ensure that the camp inmates get regular adequate and quality food, drinking water and so on.

Sonowal further directed deputy commissioner Dr. Sadnek Singh and other officials to take necessary measures for the repair works, rescue and rehabilitation in co-operation with local MLA and minister in-charge.

Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines during his visit, Sonowal appreciated the residents of the state for strongly dealing with the four menace at a time – Covid19 pandemic, flood, storms and African swine flu – with positive attitude without panicking and supporting the government’s endeavours.

The chief minister said, “We have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi that under his vibrant leadership, there will be a permanent solution to the chronic problems of the state like flood, landslides and erosion.”

He said for the first time the BJP-led Modi government constituted North East Water Management Authority under the chairmanship of the vice chairman of NITI Aayog for a permanent solution to the flood and erosion.

Sonowal hoped that in the coming days, Assam along with other neighbouring states will get relief from this such calamities.

Minister of state for health Pijush Hazarika, Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev and Lumding MLA Sibu Mishra were also present during the CM’s visit.

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