Flood-hit families to get compensation soon

RAMNATH N PAI RAIKAR | NT

Panaji

The government is in the
process of working out compensation for families affected by the floods in
North Goa, earlier this month, and the financial assistance under the same
would be soon provided to them through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

North Goa District
Collector R Menaka, who is the chairperson of the Disaster Management Authority
for North Goa, told this daily that in continuation to the rehabilitation work,
the exercise of assessment pertaining to the flood-related losses has been
undertaken, especially wherever there has been damage to the houses.

“The preliminary
assessment was done immediately, and now we are doing detailed assessment as
carried out by a revenue official, mamlatdar or talathi, public works
department engineer, and a panch or sarpanch of the respective area,” she
informed, adding that this team is going from house to house in the flood
affected areas, and the team members will be prepare a detailed assessment
report based on which the compensation would be worked out.

Speaking about the work
carried out by the Disaster Management Authority for North Goa during the
recent flood in many parts of this district, Menaka said that evacuation as
well as rehabilitation work for the flood-affected people was immediately
undertaken.

“In fact, such people
were housed in relief centres in public buildings like schools or temples, as
also they were given food and water,” she said.

“In the present episode
of floods in North Goa, the fire and emergency services, the revenue
department, the Captain of Ports and many government agencies were active in
evacuating people from the flood affected areas,” the North Goa district
collector said. “In some places, even before our teams could reach, the local
fishermen, if they had small boats, had already started the evacuation work,”
she revealed, pointing out, “Actually the locals are the people who could
inform us about the details of the flood affected areas and therefore, always
the local knowledge helps.”

Source:: The Navhind Times

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