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Team visits Hailakandi

The central team assesses the flood damage in Hailakandi district on Friday

Hailakandi: A three-member central team, carrying out assessment of flood damage in Assam, visited Hailakandi district on Friday for an on-the-spot inspection.

Headed by Arvind L. Waghmare, director, Surgarcane Development Board, the team inspected several flood-affected areas, including the embankment breach at Tosla, a washed-away approach road of RCC bridge at Kalacherra, a 100-metre damaged road stretch from Kalacherra to Nityanandapur and embankment breaches at Boroitula, Kuchilaghat and Katagaon. It also inspected the road-cum-embankment protection work at Katagaon.

The team interacted with flood-hit people and district administration officials.

Deputy commissioner Krishna Govinda Bhuyan apprised the team about the damage caused by floods last year. Bhuyan, who also heads the District Disaster Management Authority, requested the team to recommend substantial assistance to Hailakandi district in its report.

A PowerPoint presentation was given on the extent of the damage caused by the Katakhal river, affecting over 12 lakh people in 79 villages.

Presenting the case for resettlement of homeless people, Bhuyan urged the team to include in its report a recommendation for release of funds by the Centre. The team assured him it would submit its report with a recommendation for early release of funds.

Apart from Waghmare, the team comprises Niti Aayog scientist Gopal Sharan and Sachin Kumar Gautam, assistant executive engineer, ministry of road transport and highways. The team was accompanied by Rajesh Dutta, engineering consultant, Assam State Disaster Management Authority. Additional deputy commissioner Amalendu Roy and other officials attended the meeting.

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