DIBRUGARH, Sept 4 - After making an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in the districts of Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia for more than two hours today Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the flood had indeed caused massive devastations in the region, adding that it was one of the biggest floods in recent times.
He said that relief distribution and disaster mitigation works will continue till flood waters had subsided. �I have directed all departments to step up measures to assist the flood affected people and also urged upon the departments to mend and restore the breached bunds and embankments immediately,� Gogoi said.
On permanent solution to the recurring waterlogging, flood and erosion in the region, Chief Minister said that permanent solution is impossible without the assistance from the Centre. �Brahmaputra Board must take up major works to check the flood and erosion. We can take up small temporary works with our limited fund but this is not adequate. The Centre has to release funds. At present we have asked for Rs 500 crores but we need around 1500 crores,� the Chief Minister said.
Immediately after the aerial survey, the Chief Minister had called for a review meeting with the district administrations of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts at the Dibrugarh Airport VIP lounge. During the aerial survey, the Chief Minister was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary Subhash Das, Commissioner Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Pramod Kumar Tiwari, and Secretary, Water Resource Haren Borah, among others.