Centre Announces Rs 346 Crore To Tackle Flood Situation In Assam

Practically 56 lakh individuals have been affected by the deluge throughout the state. (File)

Guwahati:

The Centre will quickly launch Rs 346 crore as an preliminary quantity for dealing with the flood state of affairs in Assam, which has up to now affected 56 lakh individuals within the northeastern state, an official assertion stated on Wednesday.

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat held an in depth dialogue with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the flood state of affairs within the state by a video-conference, throughout which he conveyed the choice, it stated.

Mr Sonowal apprised Shekhawat of the dimensions of devastation brought on by the present wave of flood, together with erosion, within the state and the varied steps taken by his authorities to handle the state of affairs.

“To successfully handle the reduction and rehabilitation works, the Union Jal Shakti Minister assured that an quantity of Rs 346 crore will likely be launched instantly from his ministry to the Assam authorities as the primary installment underneath the Flood Administration Programme (FMP),” the assertion stated.

Mr Shekhawat urged Mr Sonowal to ship extra proposals for sanctioning underneath the Catastrophe Danger Administration Fund, which is able to allow the state authorities to obtain extra funds from the Centre, it added.

“The chief minister additionally appealed to the Union minister to allocate funds to the state authorities to strengthen 5,000 kms of embankments constructed since 1951 within the state, which is able to now be changed into road-cum-embankments,” the assertion stated.

Accordingly, Mr Shekhawat urged the chief minister to ship a letter stating the identical in order that the Union ministry can incorporate the proposals in subsequent 12 months”s plan, it stated.

The opposition Congress and AIUDF have been attacking the BJP-led authorities on the Centre for allegedly neglecting the flood state of affairs within the state by not releasing funds introduced earlier to deal with the perennial downside.

Mr Sonowal additionally urged Mr Shekhawat to take up the matter of floodwaters from Bhutan inundating giant areas in Decrease Assam yearly, to which the minister responded favourably.

“The central authorities will quickly maintain discussions with the Bhutan authorities on this regard in order that everlasting options may be discovered,” the CMO communique stated.

Throughout monsoon, the discharge of extra water from the dams in Bhutan results in flooding within the downstream areas in all of the Decrease Assam districts, particularly Barpeta, Nalbari and Kokrajhar.

Mr Shekhawat additionally careworn on the necessity to undertake newest applied sciences in flood administration and guaranteed all assist from his ministry find lasting options to the issues of flood and erosion within the state, the assertion added.

Water Sources Minister Keshab Mahanta, ASDMA Chief Govt Officer M S Manivannan and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia, together with different officers, had been current throughout the video-conference.

In response to the Assam State Catastrophe Administration Authority (ASDMA), 115 individuals have misplaced their lives in floods and landslides up to now this 12 months — 89 had been killed in flood-related incidents and 26 died because of landslides.

The flood state of affairs in Assam deteriorated with two extra individuals shedding their lives, at the same time as over 26 lakh individuals remained affected in 26 districts. Cumulatively, practically 56 lakh individuals have been affected by the deluge throughout the state this 12 months, the ASDMA stated.

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