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TURA | July 16, 2019:

The Ministerial delegation led by Meghalaya Home Minister, James PK Sangma and Revenue Disaster Management Minister, Kyrmen Shylla today held a review meeting on the flood relief operations in Garo Hills.

The two Ministers were accompanied by Phulbari local MLA, S.G. Mominin, Rajabala MLA, Dr Azad Zaman, Trikrikilla MLA, Dr Jimmy Sangma and West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh. The Ministerial delegation also carried out inspection and and boat survey of flood affected areas at Phulbari even as it assured immediate relief.

Meanwhile, a team of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has been working tirelessly, to evacuate local residents at the flood hit areas of Phulbari in West Garo Hills. Heavy and continuous rains since last week have caused the water levels of the Brahmaputra-Jinjiram River to rise well above the danger level.  Meghalaya’ SDRF teams have been on the alert ever since the weather warning issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).

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Taking note of the weather warning, the Director General, Civil Defence and Home Guards, Meghalaya had activated and directed the SDRF team to be stationed at the flood prone areas of Phulbari and Mahendraganj since last week.  One SDRF team has also been stationed at Tura for any emergency.  Rescue operations by the SDRF are being supervised by MM Sangma, Deputy Controller, Civil Defence, Tura. (PRO- CD&HG).

Earlier on Monday, the body of 3-year old child in South Garo Hills district, Wantai R Marak was retrieved after she had been swept away by strong current of water on 11th July 2019 at Rewak Dabrum village under Rongara C&RD Block. This is as per the statement issued by the Executive Director of the State Disaster Management Authority

As per assessment and survey being conducted by the government in all the 11 districts of the state, 993 villages have been affected since the downpour began in April and with the continuity, 154 villages have been affected read the statement. In all, 1,24,181 people have been affected so far while 12,846 houses have been partially damaged.

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