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Centre Declares Rs 346 Crore To Deal with Flood State of affairs 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 to this point 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 way of a video-conference, throughout which he conveyed the choice, it stated.

Mr Sonowal apprised Shekhawat of the size of devastation attributable to 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 aid and rehabilitation works, the Union Jal Shakti Minister assured that an quantity of Rs 346 crore shall 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 Threat Administration Fund, which can 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 can now be became 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 pressured on the necessity to undertake newest applied sciences in flood administration and warranted all assist from his ministry find lasting options to the issues of flood and erosion within the state, the assertion added.

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

In keeping with the Assam State Catastrophe Administration Authority (ASDMA), 115 individuals have misplaced their lives in floods and landslides to this point this 12 months — 89 have been killed in flood-related incidents and 26 died as a consequence of landslides.

The flood state of affairs in Assam deteriorated with two extra individuals dropping their lives, whilst over 26 lakh individuals remained affected in 26 districts. Cumulatively, almost 56 lakh individuals have been affected by the deluge throughout the state this 12 months, the ASDMA stated.