Guwahati: With heavy flood disconnecting Barak valley from the rest of the state via road, the Indian Air Force (IAF) to carry out a massive airlift exercise on Tuesday.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the IAF would airlift 1.08 lakh litre of petrol and diesel to Silchar in Barak valley. “This is the first time in the history of Assam that IAF would carry out such massive exercise. Besides, the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) has also informed the state government to run special relief train as per government requirement,” Sarma informed.
The CM also informed that four units of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) consisting of some 105 personnel and rescuers with modern life saving equipment have reached Silchar on Tuesday morning from Bhubaneshwar to carry out rescue operations in Barak valley.
He said that the Centre has sent the NDRF teams.
Silchar town of Cachar district has been witnessing one of the most devastating floods in years this season with almost all the areas of the city remained submerged for last 48 hours.
The situation further deteriorated with no electricity as almost all the sub-stations were submerged. The Army, CRPF, NDRF and SDRF personnel swung in action.
In the Cachar district alone over 2 lakh people were flood hit. Similarly, Karimganj district too, some 90 thousand people remained flood impacted.
Meanwhile, union home minister Amit Shah said that an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) will visit the flood-affected areas of Assam and Meghalaya to assess the damages.
After the earlier spell of floods, an IMCT visited the affected areas of Assam from May 26 to May 29, 2022.