Guwahati: More Army columns to be pressed into service in flood affected Assam’s Barak valley from Friday as flood situation in Cachar district continued to be grim.
On Thursday, state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made an aerial survey of flood-hit Silchar. Afterwards, he visited the affected areas and interacted with people, besides reviewing the situation with Cachar district administration for expediting our relief efforts.
Sarma said, “Tomorrow, more columns of Army will be deployed to accelerate relief and rehabilitation works in the affected areas of Cachar. Electricity department engineers were also working to restore power service in several areas. However, many power transformers are still under flood waters.”
Already National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), state police and army as well as Indian Air Force have been actively engaged in rescue and relief operations in Barak Valley.
To address the crisis of drinking water in the areas, Sarma said that one lakh bottles of packaged drinking water would be supplied to the district from Friday onwards.
Sarma asked the district administration to set up relief distribution centres in each flood affected ward of the Silchar town. “To help the district administration, 10 additional officials would be sent from Dispur to here,” he added.
The CM also informed that Meghalaya government has been constantly working to restore road connectivity between Barak valley and Brhamaputra valley.