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State preparedness not adequate: CM

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 30 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that disaster management preparedness in the State is still not up to the mark and that a lot needs to be done.

Gogoi, who cut short his Australian tour following the quake that killed thousands, including those from Assam, said, �At the moment, we certainly lack the expertise like the rest of the country. We are just above the average mark.�

He also said that the State government�s response was quick and that resources were mobilized immediately after the news of the tragedy broke out.

Gogoi also urged the Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly to donate their one month�s salary for the cause of the quake-hit people.

As per information available, a total of 152 persons had gone to Nepal, of which 126 have already returned to Assam, Gogoi said. �While six bodies were brought to the State, 18 persons from Assam have decided to stay back in the neighbouring country. Moreover, four of the victims are still in hospitals,� he added.

Asked, he said that whereabouts of two persons from Assam is still not known.

The Chief Minister further added that the cracks that reportedly appeared in structures across the State, according to experts, are not of serious nature.

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State preparedness not adequate: CM

GUWAHATI, April 30 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that disaster management preparedness in the State is still not up to the mark and that a lot needs to be done.

Gogoi, who cut short his Australian tour following the quake that killed thousands, including those from Assam, said, �At the moment, we certainly lack the expertise like the rest of the country. We are just above the average mark.�

He also said that the State government�s response was quick and that resources were mobilized immediately after the news of the tragedy broke out.

Gogoi also urged the Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly to donate their one month�s salary for the cause of the quake-hit people.

As per information available, a total of 152 persons had gone to Nepal, of which 126 have already returned to Assam, Gogoi said. �While six bodies were brought to the State, 18 persons from Assam have decided to stay back in the neighbouring country. Moreover, four of the victims are still in hospitals,� he added.

Asked, he said that whereabouts of two persons from Assam is still not known.

The Chief Minister further added that the cracks that reportedly appeared in structures across the State, according to experts, are not of serious nature.