Mukul undertakes aerial survey of flood hit areas in Garo Hills
Tura: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma carried out an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in the plains belt areas of West Garo Hills on Wednesday and announced gratuitous relief for 10 days for the affected population.
Three local MLAs of those areas – Cabinet Minister Clement Marak, Assembly Speaker A.T. Mondal and Parliamentary Secretary Ashahel D. Shira along with Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi and other officials of the district assessed the situation from ground zero.
Several villages under Phulbari, Rajabala, Singimari, Paham, Bhaitbari and Hallidayganj areas were inundated by floods caused by heavy rains for several days with the situation worsening due to back-drafting of the Brahmaputra and Jinjiram rivers.
A total number of 132 villages with a population of 1,07,464 people have been affected by floods. The displaced families, 247 of them, are being sheltered in 20 designated camps and few makeshift camps in the higher grounds. The number is expected rise as the water level is likely to rise further in the next few days.
The chief minister held a meeting with the local MLAs of the affected areas and the district administration on Tuesday night to take assess the situation and under his guidance, a high-level committee was constituted to monitor the flood affected areas.
While the chief minister himself undertook the aerial survey before returning to Shillong, at the ground level, the high level committee including A.T. Mondal, Clement Marak, Ashahel D. Shira, the deputy commissioner and other district officials, visited the areas to take stock of the situation.
The team had a brief meeting at Phulbari before the gratuitous relief for ten days was announced to the waiting crowd by Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Clement Marak.
The relief would be given to the affected areas after final assessment of the damage and the number of people affected, it was informed. Earlier, the team also held a meeting with the affected persons at Hallidayganj.
The flood waters, besides inundating the villages and wreaking havoc on the residents, have brought them innumerable loss in terms of damage to fishery ponds and loss of livestock among others. The local MLAs and the district administration would continue to monitor the situation closely for the next few days.