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Declare flood, erosion as tiol calamity: AASU

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 April 2016 12:00 AM GMT

‘The Union government which released thousands of crores for flood affected Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar and Tamil du, should also do the needful for Assam.’

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, April 26: Voicing concern over the ongoing floods and erosion in the State, the All Assam Students’ Union on Tuesday urged the Centre to declare this scourge as a tiol calamity and release adequate funds.

In a statement, AASU president Dipanka Kumar th and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “Thousands of people are wallowing in immense despair following floods and erosion in the State. Incessant rain, thunderstorms and hailstorms have rendered many people homeless.”

Urging the Centre to release funds for relief, the AASU leaders said, “It is the responsibility of the government to provide relief to the victims of flood and erosion. The Union government which released thousands of crores for flood affected Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar and Tamil du, should also do the needful for Assam.”

Further urging the Union government to declare the flood and erosion problem of the State as a tiol calamity, the AASU leaders said, “In a tripartite meeting, the Union government assured that the flood and erosion problem of the State will be declared a tiol calamity, but till date no step has been taken in this regard. It has been more than 60 years since Independence, but the flood and erosion problem of the State still remains grim.”

It urged the Centre to take immediate measures in order to secure life and property of the people.

Meanwhile, though there was a margil improvement in the State’s overall flood situation, nearly 10,000 people in four affected districts are still in the grip of floods. Relief camps have been opened at Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo and Sivsagar to shelter flood-hit people. While the water level of the Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh and Jorhat was down on Tuesday, it was rising at Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. The waters of Kopili, Katakhal and Kushiara rivers were also flowing above the danger mark. However, with neighboring states witnessing heavy spells of rain, several district administrations in Assam are keeping a watch on the likely downstream impact on rivers flowing through the State.

According to the latest forecast by the Indian Meteorological department, heavy showers are likely in parts of the State in the next 48 hours.

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