GUWAHATI: Assam requires special assistance to tackle the twin problems of flood and erosion instead of routine funds, the state government said today. “We have to bring it in priority list. We need special treatment and funds for handling flood and erosion problems. So far we are getting normal fund under the SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) category,” Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta told the state Assembly.
He said the funds received through SDRF could not be utilised for erosion caused by rivers, but it can be used for the same if caused by the sea as per the guidelines.
The minister also stated that as of now, over 6.41 lakh people were suffering from the latest waves of flood across more than 1,200 villages in 14 districts.
There are 21,931 people in 81 shelter camps. The flood has also caused massive erosion in many parts of the state. The government has ordered all departments concerned to take steps to handle the situation.