Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of flood ravaged state of Assam along with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured the state government all possible help to deal with the situation.
"Home Minister accompanied by CM Assam Sarbananda Sonwal and Jitendra Singh (DONER minister) conducting aerial survey of flood hit areas (in Assam)," the Home Minister’s office (HMO) tweeted.
Singh reached Guwahati on Saturday morning and took stock of the devastation caused by heavy rains and floods that has left thousands of people displaced. He visited Nagaon, Morigaon and Kaziranga and, assuring the state of all possible help, asked the state government to prepare an effective action plan to deal with the grave situation.
"I have visited some of the flood-hit areas of Morigaon, Nagaon and Kaziranga national park to review the situation. I felt that the situation is really serious,” Singh said.
Singh also visited the Bhatgaon relief camp in Morigaon district and met people affected by the floods there.
“I have requested Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to help the flood-hit people in the best possible way and the Central government will extend all possible help to the state government to deal with the situation," Singh said to reporters before leaving for New Delhi.
"A total of 26 people have died due to floods within one week," he said, adding that about 36 lakh people in 28 districts of the state have been affected by the current wave of floods.
Singh then said, "The Chief Minister has submitted a memorandum to me and on my return to New Delhi, we are going to consider all the demands included in the memorandum".
The Union government will give more funds to the state government after the Central team visits the state and assess the overall flood damage, he said.
Singh appreciated the role of people&’s representatives and agencies like the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) and the Army in the state.
He said that the Central government has been contemplating some long-term measures to find a lasting solution to the flood problem in Assam. However, the embankments of the rivers in the state needs to be strengthened and repaired as a short-term measure to stop floods, he added.
On asked about declaring Assam’s flood as a national problem, he said by declaring flood as a national problem will not solve the matter. "We must find out the cause of the flood and how to mitigate the problem. We have already asked the state government to prepare an action plan in this regard," he said.