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    Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury Takes Stock Of Flood Situation In Assam’s South Salmara


    Dhubri, July 16, 2019

    Assam Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhusan Choudhury on July 16th, 2019 took stock of the flood situation in West Assam’s South Salmara Mankachar District.

    The mighty Brahmaputra, which is flowing through the district from east to west, is flowing 30.9 m above the danger level in the district.

    On July 15th, 2019, the catastrophic flood caused by the unabated rain for last few days washed away a vast stretch of a road along with around 80 meters of the barbed wire fencing along the porous Indo-Bangla International Border (IB) at the Asmer-Alga area in the district. The area falls under Mankachar Police Outpost.

    The minister reached the district headquarters – Hatsingimari, which is located at about 245 km from Guwahati and called on the Deputy Commissioner Atika Sultana and legislature Motiur Rohman Mondal in the matter. After visiting Sisumara, Kokaradanga and College Nagar, the minister inspected the Indo-Bangla border areas.

    Speaking to media persons, Choudhury said, “The damaged portion of the international border will be restored once the situation improves.” Besides, talking on non-release of flood relief in the district, the minister said, “The government will soon release necessary flood relief to the affected people in the district.”

    According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s bulletin on July 15th, 2019, 183,336 people, 244,362 animals and 1142 hectares of crop areas in the district have been adversely affected in the district. A total of 65 villages – Mankachar (28) and South Salmara (37) – in the district are reeling under floodwaters.

    As per the ASDMA report, a total of 41 rescue boats have been deployed and a total of 3050 people have been evacuated so far.


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