Guwahati, June 11: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma conducted an extensive meeting on Sunday with all district commissioners (DCs) and other key officials via video conferencing. The primary objective of the meeting was to discuss strategies and preparations to address potential flood situations during the upcoming monsoon season.
In the meeting, the Chief Minister emphasized the need for officials to be physically present on the ground and remain vigilant. He urged them to closely monitor the evolving situation and take proactive measures to mitigate the impact of floods.
We are adopting a whole of government approach to mitigate the impact of floods.
All administrative units have to work with synergy and remain on high alert. Prevention is always better than cure. https://t.co/dsLJoJGYjQ
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 11, 2023
Several important directives were issued during the meeting, including:
- Keeping the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on high alert to swiftly respond to any flood-related emergencies.
- Conducting regular visits to embankment breach areas to monitor their condition and take necessary actions.
- Ensuring proper maintenance of roads in flood-prone and landslide-prone regions to ensure smooth transportation and prevent disruptions.
- Ensuring the availability of doctors and essential medicines to cater to the healthcare needs of affected communities.
- Stocking an adequate supply of buffer stock and fodder for livestock in vulnerable areas.
Additionally, the Chief Minister announced the allocation of dedicated phone numbers to facilitate prompt communication and coordination among officials, emergency services, and the public during flood situations.
The state of Assam experiences annual monsoon floods, resulting in displacement, damage to infrastructure, and loss of lives. The government’s proactive approach and preparedness aim to minimize the impact of such natural disasters and provide timely assistance to affected communities.
Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma urged all officials to work in close collaboration and make coordinated efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the people of Assam during the challenging monsoon season.