Chief Minister Pema Khandu soon after arrival from New Delhi today convened an emergency high level meeting to review the flood situation in the state.
Emphasizing the need for preparedness to tackle disaster kind of situation in an effective way, Chief Minister asked all the link departments to coordinate and work out for a State Emergency Mitigation Plan under the supervision of the Chief Secretary.
He directed the Disaster Management Department to issue instructions to all the District Administrations to provide sufficient relief materials, Essential Ration Commodities and basic requirements like drinking water to the flood affected people. He said that if necessary arises, Defence Sorty would be put into service for air dropping of ration commodities to the areas where surface communication has been disrupted.
He further directed to provide assistance of Medical Team and Medicines to the flood victims. Issuing strict directives to district administration and disaster management department, CM said “no human life should be lost for which extra precautionary measures and care should be taken. He hinted for optimal utilization of NDRF & SDRF, Available Police and Paramilitary Forces for rescue and evacuation of the flood affected people.
He also said to carry out the restoration works of basic amenities like water supply, electricity and roads to the flood affected areas as and when the weather conditions improve. He directed the Finance Department to immediately place additional funds to the Disaster Management Department for mitigating the crisis situation.
Chief Minister is slated to make aerial survey of the flood hit districts of Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit, Namsai and Changlang as soon as the weather clears.
Khandu while expressing sorrow on the report of a missing person in a stream at Yealing Village under Sunpura today, he asked the DDM to involve NDRF & SDRF in the search and rescue operations and prayed that the missing person is rescued immediately and safely.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein while giving the first hand information of the flood scenerio at Namsai and Mahadevpur, said that the flood situation in Namsai district is severe due to change of river course of Nao-Dihing which has diverted some 2000 metre towards the Mahadevpur town. He said that if the changed course of the river is not redirected to its original course, a natural catastrophe may occur in Mahadevpur and Namsai. He called for immediate plugging of the Nao-Dihing River in order to avert the disastrous threat.
He also suggested for taming of the rivers in low lying areas so as to prevent re-occurence of such kind of flood in future.
Legislators CT Mein, Gum Tayeng, Zingnu Namchoo, Nikh Kamin and Laisam Simai also gave first hand information of the flood situation of their respective constituencies.
Director of Disaster Management, Y W Ringu in her presentation informed that the flood has affected 47 villages, out of which 33 villages has been inundated by flood waters affecting 25, 813 inmates so far in the state. She also informed that an area of 3700 hectares of cultivated agricultural/horticultural fields has been damaged with livestocks loss of 250 cattles, 400 pigs, 200 goats, 2000 poultry birds and 115 fish ponds besides disrupting surface communication, water and power supply. She, however, informed that reports from many areas are yet to be received and the figures is likely to increase.
She also informed that the departmental man powers and machineries are placed and rescue and rehabilitation operations are being carried out in full swing with the help of NDRF, SDRF, district administrations and other paramilitary forces.
Hage Khoda, Acting Chief Secretary, Hage Kojeen, Commissioner (Disaster Management), Secretaries and Chief Engineers of Link Departments were also present in the meeting.