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Man electrocuted in flood waters, Assam CM orders ex gratia

IANS | Guwahati |

One person was electrocuted in flood waters in Guwahati on Thursday, following which Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ordered the release of Rs 6.5 lakh for the bereaved family.

The Chief Minister reviewed the flood situation in the city at the Brahmaputra State Guest House here with officials of the district administration and Power Department and directed for appointment of the victim's wife at the APDCL.

Dulal Malakar was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live wire on Thursday morning while wading through knee-deep water on the road leading to his house. 

The Kamrup (Metro) district administration will give Rs 4 lakh under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) and another Rs 2.5 lakh from the Assam Power Distribution Corporation Limited (APDCL) to the family.

Sonowal said joint team of the district and municipal officials, Assam Police, SDRF and APDCL will be set up to check and identify all vulnerable points and carry out necessary corrective measures. 

The Chief Minister directed the team to submit compliance report to him within seven days.

He directed for local-level committees to handle and respond to such situations instantly. 

He asked Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner to convene a meeting with civic organisations in affected areas for sensitisation of local people on preventive measure to be taken.