CPI (M) calls centre to declare Assam flood as a ‘national disaster’.

CPI(M)Guwahati: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday called upon the Centre to declare the Assam floods as a national disaster and start relief work on emergency footing.

CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat said that “The way flood happens here every year and this year it has been pretty bad … all the lakhs who have been displaced, who are without food, without clothes, without a home, at such a time the central government should declare it as national disaster.”

Blaming the Centre and state government for not taking timely steps to alleviate the suffering of more than 29 lakh people who have been affected by the third wave of floods to strike the state this year, Karat said that “Here (in Assam) the system has come to a standstill.”

Karat said that “There are reports from upper Assam that people are not even getting foodgrains. Then it is a very critical situation. And this has to be taken as an emergency. It is a national disaster.”

“The government of India cannot do anything to assist our farmers and they want Walmart to come and help them. It’s a painful commentary on this government,” Karat said.

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