LAKHIMPUR: Finally, Guardian Minister of Lakhimpur district-cum-Minister for Welfare of Tea Tribes, Labour & Employment, Sanjay Kishan visited Lakhimpur on Saturday in order to take stock of the flood situation caused by the overflown water of the catchment area of the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project (SLHP). Though the overflown water in the catchment area of the project concerned, rolling over the main dam, had inundated an extensive area of Lakhimpur district in the downstream of the River Subansiri since August 26 and severely affected more than lakhs of people, neither Chief Minister nor any other minister of his cabinet visited the district during the troubled time. It had caused resentment among the flood affected people across the district. In this regard, a report was published in the September 1 issue of The Sentinel.
During the visit to the district, the Minister inspected Mohaijan, one of the worst flood affected areas of the district. He interacting with the affected people, took stock whether they had received adequate amount of relief items. During the inspection, Lakhimpur MLA Manab Deka also accompanied him.
Then, he took part in a flood situation review meeting with the departmental heads of the district in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner's office. The District Disaster Management Authority made a PowerPoint presentation in front of him about the flood situation of the district. It is notable here that the recent flash flood created by SLHP had inundated 295 revenue villages under seven Revenue Circles of the district and affected 1,40,985 people and 8720.5 hectares of crop areas. In the meeting, the minister reviewed the flood relief distribution system and programmes adopted by the district administration. He lauded the district administration for the effective attempts taken in this regard. He also reviewed the present COVID-19 scenario of the district and appreciated the District Health Department for inoculating COVID-19 vaccine to a total of 12,000 people on a single day on August 28.
In addition to reviewing various developmental activities, implemented in the district, in the same meeting, the minister instructed the district administration to get ready for tackling post-flood situation. Deputy Commissioner Sumit Sattawan, Lakhimpur MLA Manab Deka, SP Bedanta Madhav Rajkhowa were among those who were present in the meeting.