Tura MP Conrad Sangma has demanded that that the grave flood situation in the Garo Hills and other parts of the North East should be declared a national problem and an inter ministerial team headed by a Union minister should visit the seriously affected areas.
Raising the matter during the zero hour in Lok Sabha, he said the flood situation in Garo Hills was very serious with conditions getting worse day by day. He later met Union DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and submitted a memorandum highlighting the issue.
Over a lakh people have been affected due to floods in the Garo Hills and more than one and half hectares of land has been submerged in the swirling waters, Conrad said. The Centre should announce relief package to all the affected states including Meghalaya and direct the state governments to secure life and property of the people, he demanded.
The NPP leader mentioned that border areas in Garo Hills such as Tikrikilla, Chibinang, Phulbari, Rajabala and surrounding areas, and Singimari and adjoining areas have been the worst affected. The floods occurred due to the swollen Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers which have submerged several villages.