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Assasm chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal during his visit to Barak Valley on Thursday has asked the deputy commissioners of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi to constitute landslide monitoring and response team at the revenue circle level.

Such a move came in the aftermath of the landslide induced death in Barak Valley region on Tuesday last.

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Now efforts are on to bring in mechanism to avert such accidents from occurring in the future.

Chairing a meeting to review the flood and landslide situation in Barak Valley at Silchar, Sonowal gave this direction.

Chief Minister Sonowal also said that for mapping the landslide prone spots of the State, the Geological Survey of India will be requested to carry out a survey in the State.

He also directed the deputy commissioners of each district of Barak Valley to evacuate people from the landslide prone areas and place them at a safer place.

The chief minister chairing three different meetings with the deputy commissioners of Barak Valley region, took stock of the flood, erosion and COVID-19 situation in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts.

He asked the deputy commissioners to press their men and materials to help flood and erosion affected people.

He said administration should provide good quality relief items to the affected people.

He asked the deputy commisioners to make available medical facilities, drinking water etc in the relief camps.

He also said the State has faced with two pronged problems namely COVID-19 pandemic and flood.

He, therefore, asked the deputy commissioners to adequately follow social distancing protocols while taking steps to keep the flood affected people in the relief camps.

He also emphasized on the importance for the people to use masks and maintain cleanliness.

In the meeting the principal of Silchar Medical College informed the chief minister that facilities have been made to conduct 1000 COVID-19 tests on a daily basis.

Sonowal also stressed on the need of lifting the morale of the health workers working as COVID warriors.

He also asked the deputy commissioners to provide fodder for the flood affected cattle.

The chief minister also thanked forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya, MPs Rajdeep Roy and KripanathMalla, deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Aminul Haque Laskar, all MLAs, DCs, SPs, government functionaries, public representatives for leading the battle against COVID-19.

Sonowal also gave financial assistance to the next of the kin of those persons killed in the landslide.

Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, MP Rajdeep Roy, MLAs, DCs from three districts, SPs and other senior officers were present during chief minister’s visit to Silchar.

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