Gogoi makes aerial survey of flood-hit areas in upper Assam

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GUWAHATI/JORHAT: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi made an aerial survey of flood-affected Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Jorhat districts on Wednesday and instructed district officials to expedite relief work for those hit by the calamity.

The chief minister also covered the Kaziranga National Park and Majuli island in Jorhat district to take stock of the situation there.

Later, he had a meeting with the upper Assam commissioner Sayed Iftekar Hussain, Jorhat deputy commissioner R C Jain and officials of the water resources department at Jorhat circuit house on Wednesday. Gogoi has instructed the district administration to carry out relief work on a war-footing in flood-affected areas.

Meanwhile, a two-year-old drowned in Lakhimpur district. However, the flood situation has slightly improved in the area with major rivers showing sign of receding on Wednesday.

"Flood situation has considerably improved in Lakhimpur on Wednesday. Relief operations are going on in full-swing. About 246 villages, covering 2, 11,000 people, were provided with relief materials," said Anwaruddin Choudhury, Lakhimpur deputy commissioner.

Choudhury said right now about 75 families were now put up in various relief camps.

However, the district remained virtually cut-off from rail-connectivity after tracks near Tatibahar station was washed away by the surging water of Pisola River. Railway personnel were pressed into repair work the track.

"The rising water of the Pisola River washed away the railway track near Tatibahar railway station. The deluge also submerge a vast area near the tracks resulting in major damage of the railway lines," a railway official said from Lakhimpur.

He also added that due to sudden breach of tracks, all trains to and from Lakhimpur have been cancelled untill the repair of tracks is complete.

On July 3, a goods train got stranded in the Garmur area of Lakhimpur after a sudden swelling of Gabhoru River that inundated the railway tracks. The train was halted for about four hours and could pass only after water receded.

Over one lakh people of more than 90 villages in Lakhimpur and Nauboicha circle have been affected by floods during the past one week.