Administration yet to reach all affected people of Silchar: Himanta
With Silchar town in Assam's Cachar district submerged in flood waters for a week now, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday conceded that the administration has not been able to reach all the marooned people yet.
He said instructions have been issued to agencies involved in the relief and rescue operations to maximize their reach and ensure help for all affected populations at the earliest.
Sarma waded through the flood waters on foot at places and sailed in an NDRF rubber boat in some other areas, as he interacted with the local populace to get a first-hand understanding of their situation.
The CM, during the visit, held a review meeting with district administration officials on the situation and the measures being taken for rescue and relief operations.
Speaking to reporters later, Sarma accepted that the administration has not been able to reach out to all affected people thus far.
''In many areas, we have not been able to reach out to the marooned people. We are not denying it. I have issued instructions on how to maximize our reach. We are also open to suggestions on the matter,'' he said.
Sarma appealed to people to stand by each other during this time of distress and appreciated the philanthropic activities of individuals and groups in Silchar.
''About 50 percent work of the administration is being done by philanthropic organizations and people,'' he stated.
''People are overall happy with the relief operations. It is not possible to get to every person, but more or less we have reached out to everyone who has sought help,'' Sarma claimed.
Talking about a damaged dyke at the Betkundi area, due to which the town has been largely submerged, the chief minister said repair work will take some time.
''The water level at Barak river is still flowing above the danger level. It has to reduce considerably before the damage can be repaired.
''There is a forecast of more rain. We are now trying to ensure that there is minimum further damage in case of more rainfall,'' he said.
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