GUWAHATI, Sept 22 � Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) will be deployed in the flood prone areas of the state and two more battalions of the force will be raised. These were the decisions taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today to review the flood situation.
The Chief Minister took stock of the situation in Lower Assam�s Goalpara and Dhubri districts and instructed the officials to take all-out measures to deal with the situation. Gogoi asked the CEO, State Disaster Management Authority to press into service State Disaster Response Force personnel to evacuate the marooned people.
The Chief Minister asked the officials to keep a tab on the situation following incessant rainfall and to be prepared for any exigency. Gogoi asked the officials to ensure relief and rehabilitation to the affected people.
Meanwhile, SDRF personnel have reached Goalpara, Dudhnoi and other places to evacuate the marooned people. SDRF personnel from Sonitpur and North Lakhimpur would also move to the affected areas.
Gogoi took stock of the flash floods in Guwahati and instructed the officials to intensify rescue operations and to evacuate the stranded people.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the situation in Upper Assam districts. The water level was flowing below the danger level in most of the places in Upper Assam. There are no reports of breach in embankments maintained by the Water Resources Department.
It was decided in the meeting that SDRF personnel must be stationed permanently in the flood prone areas and two additional SDRF companies would be raised, said an official release.