ITANAGAR, Jun 25: Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) deputy commissioner Shweta Nagarkoti Mehta on Tuesday convened a meeting at her office here to assess the readiness for the Southwest Monsoon.

Representatives from all relevant departments were present.

The deputy commissioner emphasized the need for coordinated efforts among departments to ensure preparedness, including manpower, machinery, and essential supplies for the monsoon season.

The department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs reported that an ample stock of rice is available, and there have been no disruptions in LPG supply. They also identified open grounds suitable for emergency operations or landing.

The district medical officer informed that rapid response teams (RRTs) have been divided into five groups for the entire Capital region to respond to any disasters. Adequate stocking, placement, and management of medicines have been ensured.

DC Mehta instructed all work departments to have their personnel and machinery ready.

The executive engineer of water resources department was directed to monitor water levels in all vulnerable rivers constantly while the electrical engineer was tasked with implementing preventive measures to protect power installations and ensure electricity supply to relief camps and shelters.

The executive engineers of the public works and rural works departments were instructed to desilt and clean all choked drains.

The divisional forest officer and Itanagar Municipal Corporation were directed to prune and fell trees in vulnerable sites to prevent threats to human life.

All departments were also asked to conduct regular checks of buildings and structures that could pose a risk during disasters.

The town planner and the district land revenue and settlement officer were tasked with identifying vulnerabilities in areas proposed for land possession certificates or allotment.

District disaster management officer Moromi Dodum Sonam informed that stakeholders had been briefed earlier on their roles and responsibilities.

She highlighted the recent flooding due to heavy rainfall and urged departments to submit updated contingency lists of laborers and machinery available as soon as possible.