Flood relief for over 1 lakh people in Lakhimpur

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JORHAT: The district administration of Lakhimpur distributed rice, dal and of salt among more than one lakh flood affected people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Apart from this, the administration also distributed other animal products and tarpaulin in the flood-ravaged district. However, the flood situation in Lakhimpur is said to have improved on Monday and the district administration did not issue any flood relief materials in any part of the district on the day.

The additional deputy commissioner of Lakhimpur, Rupak Gupta, said, "We have distributed 1204.41 quintal rice, 222.82 quintal dal and 66.8 quintal salt among 1,08,000 flood affected people of about 90 villages in the last three days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Moreover, a huge number of animal products and tarpaulin was also been distributed in the flood-ravaged district on these three days."

He added, "However, no flood relief materials was distributed today (Monday) as the flood situation is improving in all parts of the district following the receding of waters in the three main rivers - Ranganadi, Johing and Chingra."

Unprecedented floods in the district over five days since last Wednesday affected a population of more than one lakh people at 90 villages under Lakhimpur and Nauboicha circles. The water levels in the Ranganadi, Johing and Chingra rivers were rising for four days in a row till Saturday. But, the flood fury, which showed little signs of abating on Saturday, finally eased up on Monday afternoon.

The district administration of Lakhimpur distributed flood relief among the villagers from Friday to Sunday and about 40 relief distribution centres were opened to distribute the materials.

On the other hand, the flood situation in Sonitpur and Jorhat districts also showed signs of improvement on Monday as the water levels of the rivers started falling in both the districts.