Silchar: It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words and it happened to be the case with IAS officer Keerthi Jalli.
The visuals of Indian administrative service (IAS) officer Keerthi Jalli's walk through the flood-affected areas of Cachar district in Assam has surfaced online and has gone viral on social media platforms with netizens applauding the deputy commissioner for reaching out to the affected people.
She can be seen walking through mudded areas wearing a sari in the picture and it immediately grabbed the eyeballs of netizens. The pictures and videos were initially shared on the Facebook page of the district administration.
Jalli said that they wanted to pay a visit to the low-lying areas in order to evaluate the practical issues prevailing in the region which in turn can prove to be helpful for the district administration and the government to come up with better action plans for the future.
"Locals said that they are facing the same issues for the last 50 years and we thought we need to go there and see what are the actual issues. And for that the best time is during the flood," Keerthi Jalli said.
Locals have said that her visit happens to be the first instance when the deputy commissioner of the district is visiting their villages. The villagers lay emphasis on the immense sufferings they go through every year due to floods caused by the overflow of the Barak river.
The deputy commissioner said that they are going to prioritize protecting villages so that damages can be reduced in the future.
Meanwhile, Cachar has been hit hard and is one of the most affected districts of Assam in the recent floods with more than 54,000 people still taking shelter in 259 relief camps across the district.
As per the district disaster management authority, more than 163,000 persons across 291 villages have come under flood this year in Cachar with 11,200 houses incurring damages and 5,915 hectares of crop area getting submerged in the district.