DIBRUGARH, April 24 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited some of the thunderstorm-affected villages in Lezai under Dibrugarh West Revenue Circle to make a ground assessment of the impact of the calamity that recently wreaked havoc in the entire State.
After Sonowal alighted from his vehicle, he approached the affected families in the area. He personally witnessed the devastation of houses, granaries and flora in the area. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha, Moran MLA Chakradhar Gogoi, Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan and Lahoal MLA Rituparna Baruah and officials from the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
The Chief Minister told newsmen that in the past few days thunderstorm had caused unimaginable damages to the properties of thousands of people in the State, particularly to their living houses and vegetation. �People have truly incurred enormous losses in this thunderstorm. Apart from their structures, they have also lost income generating plants like arecanut, banana groves and other plants. The State government has already directed Deputy Commissioners of each district to immediately reach out to the affected people by conducting a ground survey of the destruction. The DCs have been asked to assess the losses with all the associated departments and carry out relief measures on a war footing so that people did not face difficulties during the lockdown period,� said Sonowal.
Replying to a query on whether families without land documents would receive relief items, the Chief Minister stressed that all those affected by the storm will be provided with relief materials.
Earlier, Sonowal had also visited nearby Baughpara tea estate. He appreciated the social distancing maintained by the workers of the garden as he distributed masks among them. He urged upon the workers to strictly follow the COVID-19 health protocol to protect themselves from being infected.