On 29 June, Guwahati became the first Indian city to undertake a major mock drill to tackle urban floods. Flood response teams - comprising personnel from the Army, the Navy, the NDRF and SDRF - took part in a mock exercise to prepare for the annual floods in Assam.
"While floods are an annual phenomenon in Assam, Guwahati is experiencing increased urban floods in the recent years. Given this backdrop, a coordinated approach as laid down in the National Disaster Management Plan has come as a major boon for a city like Guwahati, which is not just a state capital but the gateway to the entire Northeast," Assam chief secretary VK Pipersenia told The Indian Express.
--With ANI inputs