Tura, July 16: Meghalaya Home Minister James Pangsang K Sangma today began his tour to flood-hit areas in the West Garo hills where he also held a meeting to review the destruction in the calamity.
Sangma was accompanied by Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Kyrmen Shylla and the MLAs of Phulbari, Rajabala, Selsella and Tikrikilla.
Druing the visit, the home minister met with the affected people and also took stock of the government work being undertaken to help the victims.
According to West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Raman Singh, a total of 159 villages with an estimated population of 1,30,000 people have been affected by the unprecedented floods.
“There are 20 numbers of designated camps managed by the district administration with numerous small camps managed at local level by village committees and supported by the district administration. 26 number of big boats and equal number of small boats are pressed into service and GR is being given for one week,” said deputy commissioner Ram Singh.
Home Minister James Sangma met with affected families during a meeting at Phulbari IB and also took feedback from the local representatives and the general public while reviewing the ongoing relief work.
The home minister and his delegation also took a tour of the flood areas on a boat surveying the damage caused by the rivers Brahmaputra and Jinjiram.
Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing relief work, the PHE department has been directed to deploy water tankers and ensure supply of safe drinking water to the affected people so that there is no outbreak of any waterborne diseases.
As part of the measures to check outbreak of disease, two extra mobile health teams have been dispatched from Tura to the flood affected areas along with sufficient stock of medicines and ANM health workers.
Till Tuesday afternoon there has been no decrease in the water flow of both the rivers since heavy rains are said to have been continuing in the neighbouring states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Garo Hills, on its part, was relatively dry on Tuesday with the sun out in full force giving much relief for the affected people who have been drenched for close to a week since the rains began.