Chief Minister Pema Khandu today accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein made an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in eastern districts of Lohit, Namsai and Changlang. The high level team had a look at the flood condition in areas of Wakro, Namsai, Mahadevpur, Lekang, Jairampur, Miao and Chowkham.
Legislators from affected areas that included Chowkham MLA C T Mein, Bordumsa MLA Nikh Kamin, Namsai MLA Zingnu Namchoom and Nampong MLA Laisam Simai also accompanied the Chief Minister who was briefed about the flood situation during the aerial survey. More than 3 lakh people have been affected by flood in the eastern districts.
In a flood review meeting held at Namsai, Khandu informed that funds for immediate flood relief through National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) has been placed with the department of disaster management from where it is being disbursed to the affected districts.
Accordingly, he gave necessary instructions to Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin, who had accompanied him for closely monitoring the immediate relief and restoration activities. Also the CM instructed Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma to keep adequate provisions to meet any ration shortages for people camped in relief camps in the affected areas.
Khandu informed that he has been monitoring the flood situation personally and had earlier requested the Deputy Chief Minister and all local legislators from affected areas to take stock of the flood situation in their respective districts.
He requested the people to cooperate fully with the inter-ministerial team from the centre who would be visiting the affected areas soon – to help them prepare an “in-depth assessment” and submit its report to the Union Home Ministry “expeditiously.”
Also briefing about the actions being taken by the centre and the state on the flood situation, Union Minister Rijiju informed that Arunachal’s quota for flood-relief funds will be disbursed soon. He said that upon survey now that the flood situation has been assessed, Rijiju promised to render all possible help through the centre.
Tezu MLA Dr Mohesh Chai who joined the visiting team at Namsai handed out the flood report of Lohit district to the Chief Minister and urged for precautionary and preparatory measures to be taken as another wave of flood could likely occur in September.
C M Sharma, Under Secretary (DM), Vikash Anand, PS to MoS (Home), Hage Kojeen, Commissioner (health) and Modak Ngomdir, Chief Engineer (WRD) were also part of the Chief Minister’s aerial survey.