Gogoi criticises Shah for his comment on Assam floods, says it reflects lack of knowledge

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New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi criticised Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday for describing Assam's floods as a "flood-like situation", and said it shows a lack of knowledge and sincerity as more than 70 people have lost their lives due to the deluge.

Gogoi said this is not the first time that Shah has made a "strange remark" on floods in Assam, and added that it only highlights the failure of the BJP government in helping the people of the northeast combat the impacts of climate change.

"The statement of Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah regarding the tragedy in Assam shows a lack of knowledge and sincerity. More than 70 people have died due to the floods yet the Minister chooses to describe the current disaster as flood-like situation," the Congress MP wrote on 'X'.

On Saturday, Shah said "a flood-like situation" has occurred in Assam due to heavy rains and that he has spoken to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Union minister also said that the NDRF and SDRF were working on a war footing, providing relief and rescuing affected people.

The Jorhat MP also said that the people of Assam were in distress due to the recent floods and erosion. The level of erosion that is taking place every year in Majuli is scary, he added.

Gogoi said erosion creates more long-term losses compared to floods as villages, schools, acres of farmland, homes and health centres are swallowed up by the rivers.

"It is the poor esp women and children who face the greatest brunt from climate change. We need massive investment in flood and erosion management in Assam. International institutions, local communities, district and state administrations, central government everyone needs to lend a hand," he said.

Gogoi also expressed grief over the death of an eight-year-old boy, who was swept away in an overflooded drain after falling from his father's scooter in Guwahati two days ago.

"One of the most tragic stories of loss during the recent floods in Assam. An 8 year old boy riding with his father falls and gets swept away in an over flooded drain. Ordinary Indians are paying taxes but continue to be neglected," he said in another post on 'X'.

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Sunday with close to 24 lakh people reeling under waters, official sources said.

Several major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, were flowing over the danger level across the state.

The toll in this year's flood, landslide and storm is at 70.

Twenty-nine districts have been affected by the floods, with Dhubri being the worst-hit where more than 7.95 lakh people were reeling under waters. PTI ACB IJT IJT

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