Assam Floods: Flybig Airline to operate between Silchar-Guwahati; IAF airdrops essentials in Dima Hasao

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Sarma told media that already 4 MT of food items were airdrop in Haflong in Dima Hasao on Wednesday.
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Manish Sisodia
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Guwahati: Assam government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flybig airlines to bring back all those people who were stranded in Barak Valley due to heavy flood and disruption of road and railway connectivity.

Following a cabinet meeting, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that as per the MoU, the flybig airline which usually operates under UDAAN scheme would provide air service between Guwahati and Silchar for next 10 days.

“However, the airline can’t charge more than Rs 3000 for one way ticket from the passengers. The rest of the amount will be given by the state government,” Sarma said. Flight fares between Silchar and Guwahati had gone up to over Rs 30,000 in last couple of days forcing the union aviation ministry to intervene also.

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force (AIF) started airdropping food essentials to the people of Dima Hasao district on Wednesday to provide relief to the people of the flood hit district.

Sarma told media that already 4 MT of food items were airdrop in Haflong in Dima Hasao on Wednesday.

“Another 12 MT of essential items will be airdropped on Thursday. Two cabinet ministers have already started their journey to the flood hit districts to take stock of the situation personally. Even if road connectivity is disrupted they will reach there even by two wheelers,” Sarma added.

He also said that while electricity has been restored in Dima Hasao district except Maibong and Jatinga, mobile connectivity too would be restored by Thursday.

Sarma also sit for a video conferencing with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday seeking the latter’s support for smooth supply of essentials to Barak Valley districts via Meghalaya.

“There is no need to panic, Barak Valley has sufficient storage of essentials and petrol for next one week and with situation improving more supplies will reach there,” he added.

So far, over 6.62 lakh have been affected by flood in the state with death toll reaching nine.

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