ACHDO demands relief for plain belt residents affected by flood

The organisation added that paddy has been damaged causing a major problem to farmers during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After cries of the All Meghalaya Minority Students’ Union (AMMSU) to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, to declare flood in the plain belt of Garo Hills, the Anti Corruption and Human Development Organization (ACHDO)-Phulbari unit on Thursday reiterated 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 unit president Rasel Choudhary.

The organisation 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, which is neighbouring West Garo Hills district has already declared floods in its area even as the district administration of West Garo Hills is yet to take a decision on the matter.

“We demand that the state provides them with help to tide over the situation. They are currently in a hand to mouth situation. They are in desperate need of help right now,” he added.

First Published:July 2, 2020, 10:35 p.m.

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