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Stranded people seek food, water & money from CM

CM wants Rs 300 crore from Centre

Shillong,June 19: The stranded people at Lumshnong area have sought food, money  and water from Chief Minister Conrad who visited the place, on Sunday.

In the video released by the CMO, people were seen asking for money , food and water.

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But the chief minister expressed his inability to provide money but assured to give food and water.

When contacted, the East Jaintia Hills district administration said no count has been made on the number of people stranded.

The official said administration is arranging relief for people ‘on a regular basis through a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach’

However, the administration is yet to set up any relief camps.

The landslide had cut off NH- 6 leading to Silchar, Tripura and Mizoram.

After inspection, he held a review meeting at the DC’s office in Khliehriat

Central assistance sought 

The chief minister sought assistance of Rs 300 crore from the Centre to address the damages caused due to rain and landslide in the state.

He has apprised the Union Home Minister regarding the situation.

The chief minister said efforts are on to restore the NH-6 which was caved in due to incessant rain leading to several vehicles and passengers stranded at Lumshnong village.

Over one thousand trucks are stranded in the area.

As the rain still continues, efforts are also being  made to divert the flow of the water from the areas which are affecting the road connectivity, he said.

“We should be able to restore some parts of the road in the next 24 hours and see some kinds of movement for light motor vehicles from this road itself. We are hopeful if the rains reduced and if we are able to work, we should be able to see some movements of the heavy vehicles specially the essential commodities moving ahead in the next 48 to 72 hours again depending on the rain conditions”, he added.

He said the district administration has also made an alternative route from the site going through some private land which is allowing movements of light motor vehicle.

The chief minister was also accompanied by home minister Lahkmen Rymbui and officials from the district administration, PWD and NHAI during the inspection.

He will visit Mawsynram on Monday and on Tuesday, he will leave for Garo Hills.

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