- The state is incurring heavy losses due to natural calamities
- The team is on a two-day visit to the state to assess the losses caused by natural disasters
Itanagar: A seven-member inter-ministerial team of the central government on disaster management called on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu called at Itanagar on Monday. The team is on a two-day visit to the state to assess the losses caused by natural disasters and submit a report along with recommendations to the centre.
CM said that the state is incurring heavy losses due to natural calamities. With limited resources of its own, the state, he said, has to depend mostly on central government aids to repair and restore the damages and losses.
Besides heavy damages to our infrastructure, last year we lost more than 40 precious human lives due to natural calamities that cannot be accounted in terms of financial aids, he said.
Khandu suggested the team to visit the state immediately after the monsoons to witness the havoc created by natural calamities like landslides and floods.
Khandu further said that our monsoons are long and heavy– from April till September – and cause undue sufferings to the people by washing away important infrastructures like buildings, roads and bridges. With more than half of the population living in interior and mountainous landscapes, relief and rehabilitation process are slow and tedious.
Team leader, MHA Joint Secretary, Shri Prakash admitted unique position of Arunachal Pradesh in terms of recuperating from the losses. He cited recreating damaged infrastructure as one of the biggest challenges for the state in disaster management.
We understand that costs of construction materials get doubled or even more by the time these reach the site. We will keep this in mind in our recommendations to the Central Government, Shri Prakash added.
Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Management Kaling Moyong, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and Secretary Disaster Management Bidol Tayeng were also present during the call on.