GUWAHATI: Assam Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Jogen Mohan on Thursday announced compensation for the victims affected by the recent storms that ravaged the state destroying dwelling houses and killing people as well as livestock.
Minister Jogen Mohan also informed that all the district commissioners have been directed to pay the storm victims the amount of compensation without any delay.
It was announced that the storm victims whose residential houses were completely destroyed will receive a compensation of Rs.1.20 lakhs, while an amount of Rs 4,000 will be given in case of partial damage.
Also, the family members of victims who died in the devastating storms will receive a compensation of Rs. 4 lakhs while those injured will receive Rs. 2 lakhs.
Mohan further informed that a total of 42 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Assam State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been told to be prepared to tackle any untoward incident during the storm events predicted over the next few days.
It may be mentioned that Assam has been facing heavy rainfall and storms since past few days that have disrupted normal lives in parts of the state.
One person lost his life after a huge tree fell on him during a massive storm that hit Silapathar in Dhemaji district of Assam on Wednesday evening. The deceased person has been identified as Ajit Baidya (35).
Heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds hit the region, leading to a huge loss of property. Several houses were destroyed with roofs being blown off. Huge trees and electric posts were uprooted across the area and fell on houses or on the streets.
Post the storm, electricity supply in the area has been completely snapped.
The areas that have been affected the most due to the storm in Silapathar are Bhairabpur, Silagaon, Manikpur, Kodomtola, Maharanipur, Shivanagar and Koroibari.
On the other hand, vehicular movement has also been disrupted at National Highway 15 after a huge tree fell on the road.