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Updated: August 24, 2011 00:19 IST

Rs. 100-crore flood aid for Dhemaji

Sushanta Talukdar
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Tarun Gogoi
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Tarun Gogoi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday announced a Rs. 100-crore package for the flood-hit Dhemaji district.

The announcement came during a tour of the district by Mr. Gogoi for a first-hand assessment of the flood devastation in the backward district.

He announced this while talking to the flood-affected people of the district, at Silapathar and Sisiborgaon.

Ex-gratia

The Chief Minister also announced ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh to the kin of each of those killed in the floods.

He said Rs. 25,000 would be given to the families whose concrete houses had been damaged by flood waters, and Rs. 10,000 to the families whose kutcha houses had been damaged.

Besides, the State government would also provide financial assistance to compensate for the loss of livestock and special assistance to students affected by floods.

Later, at a meeting with top officials of the district administration, the North East Frontier Railways and the Border Roads Organisation, Mr. Gogoi directed the departments to initiate measures to reverse the course of the River Gai which caused the devastation, and to restore communication network in the district.

He instructed the district administration to continue providing relief materials to the affected people.

The Northeast Frontier Railway, with support from the Railway Board, on Tuesday dispatched relief materials to the flood-affected people of Dhemaji and North Lakshimpur district.

The materials sent include about 1,700 dhotis, 1,600 sarees, 1,000 children's dresses, and 1,100 polythene sheets for protection from rain.

These are being handed over to the district authorities for further disbursement, stated an official release issued by chief public relations officer, N.F. Railway, S. Hajong.

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