A flood preparedness meeting under the presidentship of Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Bibekananda Choudhury was held in Kokrajhar on Friday. Various subjects, including vulnerability assessment, stocking of food grains and other essential commodities, medicines, safe drinking water, maintenance of power damage assessment, keeping available equipments for rescue operation during flood were discussed as a part of preparedness in the meeting.
Citing numerous problems that appear during flood, the DC called upon officers to always keep themselves ready for any eventuality.
He has asked all the circle officers and district heads of the departments to submit their flood preparedness plans, quick response teams and relief committees before March 31 to the DDMA. He also highlighted department wise responsibilities like Water Resources department to complete all protection works, all Circle Officers to prepare list of boat owners, Health department to keep ready adequate number of life saving drugs and to form medical teams, veterinary department to ensure sufficient stock of podder, medicines and water for animals, PWD to inspect and indentify vulnerable roads, bridges, culverts, buildings and repair them before the onset of monsoon, FCS and CA department to keep sufficient stock of food grains in the FCI etc.
In the meeting, he also requested the Kokrajhar Municipality Board Chairman Bishnu Narzary to take action for cleaning of drains to make the town area free from water logging during rainy season. ADC and incharge Gossaigaon SDO Civil Wilbarn Daimary, Parbatjhara SDO Civil Satish Thakuria, Kokrajhar CO Ansula Basumatary, ACs Bharat Konwar, Manika Terongpi, KMB Chairman Bishnu Narzary and district heads of concerned departments were also present in the meeting.