Be prepared to tackle disaster effectively, CM directs authorities

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has directed the concerned authorities to be vigilant and be preparedness to effectively tackle the disasters like, flash flood, landslide caused by incessant rainfall in different parts of the state.

Various parts of the state, including the capital, are witnessing heavy downpour since last few days that resulted in damage of roads, bridges, culverts, houses and reported loss of livestock.

The Chief Minister asked all the concerned departments to coordinate and work out a ‘state emergency mitigation plan’ under the supervision of the Chief Secretary.

He also directed the Disaster Management Department to issue instructions to all the district administrations to provide sufficient relief materials, essential ration commodities, life-saving drugs and basic requirements like, drinking water to the flood affected people.

Khandu said that if situation warrants, helicopter sortie would be put into service for air-dropping of ration items to the areas where surface communication has been disrupted.

Issuing strict directives to the District Administrations and the Disaster Management department, the CM in a statement here on Wednesday said, “No human life should be lost for which extra precautionary measures and care should be taken”.

He also hinted for optimal utilisation of services of NDRF & SDRF, police and paramilitary forces for rescue and evacuation of the affected people.

He also directed them to carry out the restoration works of basic amenities like water supply, electricity and roads in affected areas on war footing as and when the weather conditions improve.

Khandu directed the Finance Department to immediately place additional funds to the Disaster Management Department for mitigating the crisis situation.

Expressing sorrow over the devastations caused by cloudburst-triggered flood at Kaspi under West Kameng district on Monday where a person is reportedly missing, the CM has asked the DC to involve NDRF & SDRF in the search and rescue operations.

He has also appealed to the people residing in low-lying areas and landslide prone areas to shift to safer places.