Assam Needs Attention

Gogoi: Protection Force Coming for People in the Border Areas
  • To curb the flood disasters in the north east state the center and the states should work out a long term strategy
  • Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya states were shattered because of the flood disaster which was because of lethargy and unpreparedness of the National Disaster Response Force and its state variant in Assam caused vast swathes of land to be inundated, leaving hundreds of thousands marooned
  • J&K did take immediate steps to rescue and rehabilitate people but due to lack of manpower Assam was affected despite of warning of heavy rain falls from the MET department
  • The NDRF’s emergency aid and rescue mission reached a little too late, especially in the worst-hit Goalpara and Kamrup districts.
  • Assam is the most affected area but the response is often reactive, with no effective mitigation or countermeasures that could prevent hazards from turning into disasters
  • Now the center without wasting any time has to take and the center should allocate funds to Assam and Meghalaya from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund
  • The state government also should look at long-term capacity building, early warning systems, fail-safe communication and anticipatory deployment of response forces