Rahul visits flood-hit district of Assam

3 Aug 2017

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today visited Assam's Lakhimpur district which is the worst affected in the flood-ravaged state.
Rahul crossed Ranganadi river in a small boat to reach this remote area and visited Amtola. The overflowing river had broken an embankment and caused large-scale destruction of human habitation and farmlands here. "There are floods in Assam and I thought I must come to meet you and hear about your pain and understand the situation," he told people here after listening to their problems. "I will fight for compensation, that is your right," he said.
Rahul said that Congress workers have been asked to help rebuild houses damaged by flood waters besides providing relief to the affected families. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on Tuesday a total package of Rs 2,350 crore for all north eastern states for mitigating the impact of floods on short and long term basis. An immediate release of Rs 250 crore was announced for for Assam.
The Congress leader further said that the villagers deserve compensation as it is their right. "We will fight your fight and provide you with justice that you deserve," he added. Earlier on August 1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Guwahati to take stock of the flood situation in the state. On July 25, an Inter-Ministerial team, comprising seven members, had visited the state to assess the damage caused by recent floods.
After meeting Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 18, Prime Minsiter had send sent the seven-member team to state. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) says that 11,93,458 people have in 1,795 villages of 24 districts have been affected by the floods. As many as 79 people have lost their lives in the devastating floods, eight of them from Guwahati.