Meghalaya opposition leader Mukul Sangma visits flood-hit areas

Tura, July 19: Meghalaya opposition leader and former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma has visited the flood-afflicted areas in Garo hills and expressed skepticism on whether 7 days relief would suffice.

In the last two days, accompanied by Rajabala MLA Dr Azad Aman, Dr Sangma had visited Mahendraganj, where floods have still not been declared despite the water rise and the West Garo Hills plain belt areas.

“With the forecast for more incessant rain in the coming days and the COVID 19 pandemic in the backdrop, the situation needs to be dealt with utmost sincerity and prompt decisions and actions must be taken by the administration for proper handling of the ongoing crisis. With PHCs being shifted temporarily and police outposts being submerged, the government of the day must immediately provide resources and attention to these affected areas which are facing the most difficult problems at this hour,” said Dr Sangma.

He felt that while the people and their livestock have shifted to temporary shelters on higher ground, their future remain uncertain since relief has been announced only for a week.

The deputy commissioner of WGH, Ram Singh, confirmed that there had been no extension of relief for now but a call was being taken on the matter soon.

The worst affected have been those that have not been able to jump to relief camps and are parked by the side of the AMPT road. Their lives and livestock are currently in danger from both the pandemic as well as the rising flood waters.

“We have not been able to go back as the water has still not receded enough for us to be out of danger. We have no shelter and sometimes nothing above our heads. We are literally living with our livestock,” said a victim from near Rajabala.