Centre asks ISRO to help identify flood-hit regions in Northeast
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 14: To assess the damages caused by floods or landslides in Northeast, Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Dr Jitendra Singh chaired a review meeting on Thursday. He noted that the Central Government is committed to provide all kind of support to the State Governments in rescue and relief operations.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr Jitendra Singh maintained that Ministry of DoNER and Prime Minister Office is closely coordinating with the team led by Minister of State Kiren Rijiju to assess the situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Rijiju informed that the damage caused by the rainfall is unprecedented and a total of 58 districts have been affected due to floods or landslides in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur. Around 80 lives have been lost, he added.

DoNER Minister directed that experts from space technology and ISRO be linked in for carrying out an assessment of damage in Northeast as the damage caused by the floods or landslides has been contained to large extent by the State Governments and Central teams. The Minister also suggested that essential items like staple food and baby food made available for the affected people.

The Health Ministry is approached to undertake measures for preventing the outbreak of epidemics and Telecom Ministry for the restoration of communication lines, informed Dr Jitendra Singh and said the Resident Commissioners of NE States to work in close coordination with Ministry of DoNER and PMO for further monitoring the situation.