Families affected by cyclonic storm to be given relief

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SHILLONG, April 16: Families which have been affected by the cyclonic storm that hit several villages in the different districts of the state will now get relief materials after the state government has directed the respective Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to ensure that this is done.

“I have personally spoken to all the Deputy Commissioners and they have been instructed to give temporary relief to the affected people,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed on Tuesday.

Conrad said that he has also reviewed the situation through a Whatsapp group with the Chief Secretary and all Deputy Commissioners.

He said affected areas are mainly in West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills and East Garo Hills adding “We are still waiting for reports if there are any other districts that are affected.”

Conrad also informed that there was a slight hesitation by officials to immediately extend relief during the elections. “We also could not put pressure because somebody might take it otherwise and complain so it was a very difficult,” he said.

Asked on the preparedness of the state, Conrad said that natural calamities are a concern for the government and everybody.

“We have been seeing in the past a trend of specially hailstorms and cyclone happening particularly in this part of the year. We have seen the weather changing, we have mentioned to the DCs that we should be prepared for this kind of eventuality even this year,” he added.