Imphal, June 14,
Chief Minister N Biren Singh reviewed flood situation in a high level meeting held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, Additional Chief Secretary (Relief and Disaster Management), Additional Chief Secretary (CAF & PD), DCs of four valley districts, Joint Secretary (PHED), Commissioner (Power), Commissioner (Water Resources), PWD Chief Engineer, WR Department Chief Engineer, MSPDCL Managing Director and other high ranking state government officials attended the meeting.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting today evening at his residence, Water Resources Minister Letpao Haokip said that the government has released an immediate relief assistance of Rs 3.2 crores for the areas reeling under flash flood. The estimates of the damage done by the flood so far, he added, is that around twelve thousand houses belonging to 150 villages have been affected.
The Minister further added that for those lives that have been lost in this flood, the government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakhs each to the victims’ families. He also said the government has been doing his best with all the available resources of various departments to combat flood and to provide relief to the affected persons.
He said that the increase in the rainfall density this year comparing to the previous year is a major reason for the flood.
Letpao said that relief camps have been set up in Imphal West (38 camps), Imphal East (34 camps) and Bishnupur (4 camps). In these camps, potable drinking water is being supplied by the PHED and basic food materials provided by CAF and PD. Moreover, officials and staff of the Health Directorate have been proving medical assistances and medicines and any affected person can get their needs.
To address the issue effectively and to receive complaints, the Water Resources Department has opened a 24*7 helpline called Central Flood Control Room and its phone number is 03852451550. And the contact number for the Chief Engineer’s office is 8131940147.
Addressing about the issue of power cut in some affected areas, minister Letpao said that the cut is being done intentionally as to avoid unwanted incidents in low-lying areas and any complaints regarding this can be made to the contact numbers provided above. He added that the Veterinary Department has also been providing fodder and veterinary medicines to the owners of affected areas.
Later, the Water Resources minister appealed the general public not to panic and to remain composed as the government has been doing its best to help the public and to prevent such floods in future. He also requested the public to support and co-operate to the steps taken up by the government and his department.