Silchar: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Tuesday said a team of experts from the Government of India would visit Dima Hasao district on May 27 to assess the damage caused by heavy rainfall-triggered landslides and mudslides across the district over the past few days. The process of restoring normal life by repairing all the damages will begin after the team, based on its inspection, prepares a report and submits it to the government, the CM said.
On Tuesday morning, Himanta reached Haflong in a helicopter and thereafter visited different areas, including Lower Haflong and Hokai-Pungchi, and took stock of the situation following large-scale havoc in the areas because of landslides and mudslides recently. Later, he attended a meeting at Haflong Circuit House with officials of the administration including Dima Hasao deputy commissioner Nazreen Ahmed, superintendent of police Jayant Singh, and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council members. Various other department officials were also present.
Addressing media persons after the meeting, Himanta said a team of the central government would visit the district on May 27 (Friday) and take stock of the prevailing situation. The team will submit a report to the government after which the work to restore normal life by repairing all the damages will be started, he said.
He said he, during the inspection on Tuesday, saw that surface communication has been severely affected in the district and it would be a big challenge to normalise connectivity. The state government will provide a one-time financial aid to the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council soon so that it can, as of now, begin the work of road cleaning and road clearance and build alternate roads to restore surface connectivity, he said.
He said a group of engineers and officials would visit the district in the next one to two days to chalk out plans about how to repair the damaged sites after which it will submit a report. The government will accordingly take necessary steps to restore normal life in the hill district, he said.
Regarding food items and essential commodities during the crisis, Himanta said food items and essentials would be airdropped in different areas of the district as required.
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