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Rijiju surveys flood-hit areas, assures help

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GUWAHATI, Sept 27 � Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today took stock of the situation in the flood-hit areas of the State, besides Garo Hills of Meghalaya, and assured all possible help from the Centre to rehabilitate the affected people.

Speaking to mediapersons, he said that as the Prime Minister is away, no announcement could be made. The Union Home Minister would be here on October 1, he stated.

Rijiju, who made an aerial survey of the affected places in both the States, said it would take some time to quantify and assess the damage caused to life and property.

He made an aerial survey of the affected areas in Goalpara, Dhubri and Kamrup Rural, besides adjoining Garo Hills.

�Although a preliminary assessment is done, the actual loss is yet to be assessed. The Centre would provide all possible material and financial help for the affected people and work in coordination with the respective State governments,� he said.

He informed that in addition to the existing workforce, 12 additional teams of NDRF have been roped in from Bihar and Odisha and are deployed in the affected areas for rescue operation.

�Rescue work is now over and relief and rehabilitation process is on,� he added.

He said that the paramilitary forces and State machinery are working hand-in-hand in the affected areas and there is a need to further strengthen the coordination when it comes to disaster management, especially flood.

�Coordination among States is also to be improved along with different agencies to ensure quick response at the time of disaster,� he asserted.

He informed that a new unit of NDRF would be set up in the region very soon.

Rijiju later flew to Meghalaya to assess the situation there.

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Rijiju surveys flood-hit areas, assures help

GUWAHATI, Sept 27 � Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today took stock of the situation in the flood-hit areas of the State, besides Garo Hills of Meghalaya, and assured all possible help from the Centre to rehabilitate the affected people.

Speaking to mediapersons, he said that as the Prime Minister is away, no announcement could be made. The Union Home Minister would be here on October 1, he stated.

Rijiju, who made an aerial survey of the affected places in both the States, said it would take some time to quantify and assess the damage caused to life and property.

He made an aerial survey of the affected areas in Goalpara, Dhubri and Kamrup Rural, besides adjoining Garo Hills.

�Although a preliminary assessment is done, the actual loss is yet to be assessed. The Centre would provide all possible material and financial help for the affected people and work in coordination with the respective State governments,� he said.

He informed that in addition to the existing workforce, 12 additional teams of NDRF have been roped in from Bihar and Odisha and are deployed in the affected areas for rescue operation.

�Rescue work is now over and relief and rehabilitation process is on,� he added.

He said that the paramilitary forces and State machinery are working hand-in-hand in the affected areas and there is a need to further strengthen the coordination when it comes to disaster management, especially flood.

�Coordination among States is also to be improved along with different agencies to ensure quick response at the time of disaster,� he asserted.

He informed that a new unit of NDRF would be set up in the region very soon.

Rijiju later flew to Meghalaya to assess the situation there.