KOKRAJHAR, FEB 20: The district administration, Chirang has resolved to prepare flood preventive and mitigation measures well in advance by holding a meeting with the heads of line departments and Circle Officers.
Chairing the meeting as the Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Chirang, held in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office at Kajalgaon, the Deputy Commissioner Gautam Talukdar asked the heads of line departments and Circle Officers to prepare their flood contingency plans as per Assam Disaster Management Manual 2015 and to submit the same to DDMA before March 15, 2021.
He said, ‘In the last year, some parts of Chirang district were badly hit by the flood waters and erosion of Aei River and its some tributaries. During that time we had to face many difficulties in dealing with the situation. Of course, we managed to overcome the situation smoothly with our Joint effort. Therefore, from the experience of last year’s flood, we should be much cautious this time while preparing our details action plans’. In this connection, he asked the officers present to find out their shortcomings and problems faced by them during that situation after examining and analyzing the experiences of last year’s flood situation.
In the meeting, lauding the services rendered by the Water Resources, PWD, Public Health Engineering, Health and Family Welfare departments including paramilitary forces he added, ‘They gave commendable and tremendous service during that crisis situation’. He further asked the officers to visit the flood-prone areas to identify the vulnerable points prior to preparing their departmental flood contingency plans.
Officials of Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Agriculture department were advised by him to conduct awareness camp at their office premises involving farmers on the schemes available in their department to be offered to farmers during and after the flood situation before the onset of monsoon.
It may be stated that in the last year in Chirang district around 24,000 population and 45 villages were affected due to flood while one died in drowning incident. The floods and erosion of river Aei and its tributaries had also caused damaged to many physical infrastructures like roads, bridges, culverts, houses and inundated vast areas of agricultural lands during that time.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Karmadev Brahma, DB Sonar, CO, SSB, Rabi Munda, CO, CRPF and Circle Officers of Bijni, Bengal and Sidli Revenue Circles were also present in the meeting.