The western part of the country is reeling under severe drought conditions, the eastern part is witnessing wave of floods. Torrential rainfall in Assam has triggered a massive flood situation which has affected the lives of almost one lakh people across six districts of the state.
How far it has affected?
An official release by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) states the condition in Jorhat, Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Cachar and Charaideo districts is the worst. As several tributaries of the Brahmaputra continued to flow above the danger level and inundated fresh villages. Landslides in Dima Hasao district have also cut off road and railway communication to the Barak Valley in southern Assam. 5,000 hectares of crop have been inundated by the flood water.
Not only Assam; Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have also been affected by the torrential rainfall. Landslides have cut off Anjaw district in eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Mon district in Nagaland, official reports said. The death toll in Arunachal Pradesh have reached 19, due to landslides. In Mon district of Nagaland, over 200 houses including a government primary school have been damaged, while Mon town remained cut off from the rest of the state.
What are the measures takesn so far?
In Assam 40 relief camps have been opened by the authorities in Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Charaideo where 7,412 people have taken shelter. Army, NDRF and SDRF personnel have also been deployed in rescue operations. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has directed the officials to release Rs 2 crore as relief.
In such a situation, Assam’s Member of Parliament, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal raised the issue of floods in Assam during the Zero Hour of the Lok Sabha on April 27, and asked the central government to announce a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore. He also asked that the floods and erosion in Assam be deemed a ‘national calamity’, and that the Centre make efforts to find a permanent solution to the problem.
In 2015 also, the Assam floods had affected 1.5 million people in around 1,600 villages.
The Logical Indian urges the central government to provide all the support possible to Assam in dealing with the floods. We also plead to the mainstream media to highlight the misery of the people of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland in place of trivial political debates.