|AGP demands Central aid to storm-hit|
NEW DELHI, April 29 – Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today called on the Government of India to announce financial aid and relief to the affected people of the recent thunderstorms that left a trail of destruction in the State.
Making a Special Mention in the Rajya Sabha, Biren Baishya said that thunderstorms in Assam in last several days killed 23 people and injured hundred others leaving a trail of destruction, flattening houses, shops, school buildings, hospital buildings, and bridges, damaged vehicles and uprooting electricity poles, telecom towers and trees.
Most severe thunderstorm and cyclone hit several districts including Kamrup, Darrang, Nagaon, Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, North Cachar Hills, Goalpara, Bagsa, Barpeta, etc.
Due to storm in Assam, more than 50 thousand houses were destroyed and more than two lakh people became homeless and are taking shelter in open fields and near National Highways without even drinking water. Last few days, almost all parts of Assam are passing without electricity and drinking water even the state capital Guwahati city is in darkness for over 36 hours. Till today there is no power in many parts of the State, he said.
In this crucial juncture it was the duty of the Government of India to come forward to provide relief and rehabilitation to these storm and cyclone affected people of Assam, “but I am very sorry to say that till now Central Government has remained a silent spectator,” he said.