TNT News | Tura | April 18, 2019
Following devastating storms across Meghalaya, including the Garo Hills region, a review meeting to take stock of the situation was held at the Circuit House today with the chief adviser to the government of Meghalaya and North Tura MLA, Thomas A Sangma, leading the meeting.
The meeting saw the presence of all departments concerned with efforts to bring normalcy as well as the deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills, Ram Singh.
The storm on Wednesday caused major havoc with power lines in some areas yet to be restored due to the extent of damage. Thousands of people from across the region have been affected with many losing their houses due to the severity of the storm on Wednesday, April 17, mostly in the South West and West Garo Hills area.
During the meeting, Thomas A Sangma asked the officials of the district to assess the extent of damage caused by the thunderstorm and the measures undertaken to restore normalcy to the affected people of the region. Moreover, he also directed the district administration to prepare reports and send at the earliest so as to speed up the process related to release of funds.
The DC of WGH, Ram Singh, informed that about 161 numbers of villages including 594 Households, 7 numbers of public property and about 1975 people have been affected by the Cyclonic storm that hit the region recently and the number of affected houses and population is expected to increase as the assessment is still in process.
Further, the DC also highlighted the outstanding liabilities of the district with regard to relief funds of previous years and appealed for sanction of relief funds at the earliest so as to assist the affected people of the area.
Additional Chief Engineer, MeECL, Tura informed that the electricity poles and wires were badly damaged in almost all the districts of Garo Hills and that restoration work is in progress and added that the main 33 KV lines are restored, 11 KV lines partially restored and few LT lines which were badly damage will need some time to restore. Further he added that the Phulbari lines have sustained maximum damage and therefore will need time for major restoration works. They were trying to restore it at the earliest, he informed.
Additional Chief Engineer, PWD (Roads) Gromyko K Marak said that there were few uprooted and fallen trees on the road but all have been cleared and no major damage has been reported so far.
As per the report of the District Medical and Health Officer, Tura Dr. M R Sangma only three persons from Dadenggre area have received minor injuries and no casualties so far from other districts have been reported.
Meanwhile, other departments including PHE, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary are still assessing on the field. So far however there is no report of damage or loss of livestock in the region.