CM directs authorities to remain monsoon vigil

ITANAGAR, Jul 10: With the incessant rain creating havoc in the form of flood and landslides in various places of the state which has damaged roads, bridges, culverts, houses and reported loss of livestock and a person missing, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has directed the concerned authorities to remain vigil to effectively tackle the disaster.
Khandu asked all the link departments to coordinate and work out for a state emergency mitigation plan under the supervision of the chief secretary.
He has directed the Disaster Management Department to issue instructions to all the district administrations to provide sufficient relief material, essential ration commodities and basic requirements, like drinking water to the flood-affected people.
He said that if necessity arises, defence sortie would be put into service for air dropping 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 the district administration and Disaster Management Department, the CM said, “no human life should be lost, for which extra precautionary measures and care should be taken”.
He hinted for optimal utilization of the NDRF and SDRF, available police and paramilitary forces for rescue and evacuation of the flood-affected people.
The CM also directed the Finance Department to immediately place additional funds to the Disaster Management Department for mitigating the crisis situation.
Expressing sorrow on the report of a missing person at Kaspi under West Kameng district, Khandu has asked the DC to involve the NDRF and SDRF in the search and rescue operations. He also prayed that the missing person is rescued immediately and safely.
The CM has, meanwhile, appealed to the people of the state to stay alert while travelling during the monsoon and has asked people residing in low-lying areas and landslide prone areas to shift to safer places.