Sonowal briefs PM on Assam floods

18 Jul 2017

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him about the flood situation in the state.
Sonowal told Modi that two waves of floods have affected 25 lakh people across 29 districts of the north eastern state, where 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres have been set up, a state government release said. The chief minister said though the current wave of flood had receded, 21 districts were still reeling under the flood waters and 60 lives were lost, it said. He requested the prime minister to launch 'Prime Minister's Special Programme for Flood and Erosion Control' for developing road-cum-embankments over a distance of 5,000 km in the state.
Sonowal stated that most of the existing embankments of the state were constructed in 1950s and were vulnerable to breach due to perennial flood and river bank erosion, the release said. "If these 5,000 km embankments are developed as road-cum-embankments, it will ensure regular maintenance and sustainability of the embankments," he argued. He, however, said the state lacked resources for developing such embankments and requested for an exclusive programme under the Prime Minister's supervision to act as a deterrent to flood and erosion.