Dy CM takes stock of situation following incessant rain in state

Shillong Aug 16: Deputy chief minister, R.C. Laloo on Wednesday took stock of the prevailing situation arising out of incessant and torrential downpour in almost all parts of the state, including tree falling incident which claimed three lives in the city.
Laloo who looks after the revenue and disaster management department held a review meeting with heads of various departments in the conference hall of main secretariat here.
Presiding over the meeting, the deputy chief minister asked all departments to gear up all field level officers and respond to the situation effectively.
He also urged all departments to have a contingency plan to meet the exigencies and mitigate and address grievances of the affected people.
Additional chief secretary (revenue and disaster management), P.W. Ingty briefed about damages caused to household properties, horti and agricultural crops, public and private assets.
Three casualties were reported in East Khasi Hills due to falling of trees following torrential rain.
Ex-gratia payment is being made by the district administration.
West Garo Hills is the most affected district where a total population affected is 1,20,098, 22,698 households, and 136 villages.
So far, 30 relief camps have been set up – 24 relief camps under Selsella Development Block and 6 under Dalu development block.
Around 209 boats have been requisitioned for ferrying and evacuating purposes. The water level is still high and increasing. The Committee has decided to arrange 14 days gratuitous relief for inmates of the relief camps.

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