HP NEWS SERVICE
Tura, Jul 2: After cries of the All Meghalaya Minority Students’ Union (AMMSU) to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to declare relief for flood affected people in the plain belt of Garo Hills, the Anti Corruption and Human Development Organisation (ACHDO) Phulbari unit today supported the demand while saying that thousands are affected by the current deluge.
“We want help for the victims of floods that have affected normal lives in Garo Hills. They need financial assistance in this time. Waters have been rising for a long time in the plain belt along the Jinjiram and Brahmaputra rivers and this needs immediate attention,” said ACHDO Phulbari unit president Rasel Choudhary.
The NGO added that paddy has been damaged causing a major problem to farmers during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Most rice fields have been washed away and harvested crops have been washed away. The people have become homeless due to the rising waters but there is no one to help them. The prolonged lockdown has left them in a terrible state,” he added.
Rasel stated that they have visited most of the affected areas and found that the situation is critical.
Interestingly, Assam’s South Salmara district bordering West Garo Hills district has already declared flood relief measures in its area.
The district administration of West Garo Hills however is yet to take a decision on the matter of providing relief to the flood hit people.