‘No scope for ‘chalta hai’ attitude’: Dr. Mukul asks Govt to do more for people who faced natural disaster


​Leader of the Opposition and the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC Meghalaya) leader Dr.  Mukul Sangma on Monday has asked the state government to do more for the people who faced the unprecedented natural disaster.

The devastating rain has created havoc in Meghalaya particularly in the Garo Hills region which witnessed massive flooding. Hundreds of people were affected, while many were homeless over the past week.

Visiting Nongalbibra in South Garo Hills to be with the people who faced the rain havoc, Dr. Sangma said, the people are suffering and there is a need for extraordinary measures to tackle the situation.

Stating that the devastation that has been left behind by the unprecedented calamity has affected people’s lives and livelihoods along with their habitation as well, the AITC leader said, because of incessant rains and subsequent deluge in the SGH district and other parts of Garo Hills, many parts of the district have remained cut off after major connecting bridges were washed away either due to rains or landslides.

Though the estimate of the damage is yet to be ascertained, it​​was reported that hundreds of people are affected as many of their houses are washed away.

 “Based on the mandate of Disaster Management Act 2005, the government is bound to provide at this time. Keeping in mind the quantum of devastation, you will agree that much more needs to be done by the authorities.  The injured are not able to get health care and are stranded and drastic measures have to be taken as extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures,” said Mukul.

Many areas of SGH, including Siju, Rongara, Maheshkola and Khalu have remained completely cut off as in some areas the reliefs are provided through boats.

Meanwhile, Villagers living in the border areas of Maheskola in South Garo Hills are facing food shortage in the form of rice after flash floods washed away roads and the main bridge at Rongara, cutting off communication and supply links.

The situation has come to such a pass that people rushing to buy essential items, particularly rice, are being sold only one kg per person by shopkeepers due to shortage and most of the smaller stores have already exhausted their stocks.

For places like Maheshkola and Khalu, the only way to supply relief and medical supplies is now through air transport, though none has been provided so far. Commenting on the response to the calamity, Mukul felt much more needed to be done as the situation is extraordinary.

“There is no scope for the ‘chalta hai’ attitude. I hope the government realizes, keeping in mind the erratic behaviour of nature and climate change, that something concrete needs to be done,” he added.