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Assistance sought for disaster-hit Garo Hills


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From Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi: The devastating natural catastrophe in Garo Hills district of the State found its echo on the floor of the Parliament when Rajya Sabha member from the State, Thomas Sangma, made a special mention and demanded adequate financial assistance to the State Government.

“The State Government of Meghalaya, with its limited resources, is trying hard to ameliorate the conditions of the people affected by this catastrophe but it is cash-strapped to cope with the extent and intensity of the disaster,” Sangma said in his Special Mention. He urged the Central Government to provide sufficient financial assistance to the State Government so that the lives of the people affected by the disaster can be normalised.

“I wish to draw the attention of the House to a severe catastrophe that has occurred in Meghalaya due to torrential rains leading to heavy landslides at various places this month,” Sangma said.

There were heavy torrential rains in Meghalaya which caused heavy landslides at Tura, Garobadha under West Garo Hills district causing havoc in lives of the people living in that area, the NCP member said in his Special Mention on Friday last.

“The road connection with South Garo Hills district was also completely cut-off as major bridges had collapsed,” the lone Rajya Sabha Member representing the State said, adding, “Besides human lives, livestock, standing crops and properties have been washed away causing loss to the people to the tune of several hundred crore rupees.”


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