The torrential rains have caused huge floods in Assam, as normally happens every year or so on the East coast of India. The rural farmers huts are all under water, and upto a million people have become displaced, homeless, wet and with few boats available to help ferry them to dry land, let alone helicopters or anything like that.
The UPA leaders, Mrs Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister have both taken the trouble to go there in person, to see that rescue efforts are being well organised. Although not much can be done, it must be reassuring to see the caring Prime Minister there on the scene. He has announced emergency funds from central government of 500 Crore rupees for rebuilding of peoples houses and drainage and repair of bust dams. A Crore is approximately £125,000, so that gives a figure of about 62.5 million pounds, or 100 million dollars. This figure will certainly go some way to helping Assam, although of course it can be argued that much more aid is needed. A million displaced people receiving aid of about 100 dollars per head to rebuild their lives is hardly enough.
Dr Manmohan Singh-ji has also announced the provision of rice and dhal and other grains for the displaced people, and this will be delivered to them as soon as practicable.
About 70 people have lost their lives in this deluge, and this seems to happen almost every year.
More drainage could be built, as well as whatever is possible to fend off against torrential rains that is possible.
Meantime, some farms in Maharashtra and Andrash Pradesh have become arid due to lack of rains.
Wonder if some solution could be found, in addition to praying to the RainGod.
I pray for the safety and rehabilitation of the people of Assam.