By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong/ Nongstoin, March 31, 2018:
A day after a hailstorm ravaged different parts of the state, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday held a high level meeting to assess the situation and to ensure that relief packages are being provided to the affected villagers.
Several houses in West Khasi Hills, Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills were badly damaged after the state witnessed untimely downpour coupled with hailstorm yesterday.
The chief minister said districts which have been affected include West Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills, East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills.
The chief minister also said that as many as 50 villages have suffered various kinds of damages due to the hailstorm. In line with this, the CM has directed deputy commissioners from respective districts to provide temporary relief to the affected people.
He said the DCs have started providing relief like temporary shelter, food among other things to the affected people and are also assessing the loss caused due to hailstorm so that necessary measures can be taken. Senior cabinet ministers including health minister AL Hek, revenue minister Kyrmen Shylla, chief secretary Y. Tshering, additional chief secretary revenue and officials from disaster management were present during the meeting.
Meanwhile, West Khasi Hills DC Arunkumar Kembhavi has informed that situation in the district is under control now. “We have disbursed essential commodities like rice, potatotoes, onions, salt, besides others to the affected families. We have also given the families advance cash compensation pending Detailed assessment from block offices,” he added..
Need of an aggressive adaptation policy to deal with natural calamities
At the same time, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today felt the need of an aggressive adaptation policy to deal with natural calamities.
Talking to reporters after chairing a high-level meeting with senior cabinet colleagues and top officials of the state government in the wake severe hailstorm that caused huge damage in different parts of the state, he said that the additional chief secretary have been asked to coordinate with the space centre on the weather forecast and added that the meteorological department too has been issuing warning advisories to the government on regular basis.