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After Government's failure experts from Germany to study flood in Assam
Failing to mitigate flood and erosion, which are the burning problems of the state claiming lives and property year after year, Assam Government will soon sign an agreement with the Friedrich-Schiller-University (FSU) Jena, Germany to tackle flood and erosion in the state.
As the Assam Government has also failed to persuade the Centre to declare it as one of the National Problems of the country during its tenure, the latest move to hire experts from Germany seeking solution of the problem is grabbing attention from all quarters.

As per Government sources, a team of experts from Friedrich-Schiller-University (FSU) Jena, Germany will be arriving in Guwahati on May 11 to study flood and erosion problem of the State. The team headed by Prof Dr WA Flugel, Head of Geoinformatics, FSU, Jena will conduct a study on the river basins of the Beki, Lohit, Noa-Dihing rivers and hold discussions with the officials of the State Water Resources Department on May 22.

In a mail to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Prof. Dr Flugel said that they were eagerly waiting for Gogoi’s visit to Germany which was called off at the eleventh hour due to outbreak of violence in BTAD. As Chief Minister Gogoi had to postpone his proposed visit to the University, Dr. Flugel would now lead a team to Assam to conduct a study on the aforesaid river basins. Dr. Flugel also expressed the hope that FSU may sign a cooperation agreement with the concerned department during the forthcoming visit.

It is worth mentioning that the Assam State Department of Water Resources headed by Minister Rajib Lochan Pegu has been a total failure in mitigating flood and erosion all around the state. Even, he has been a silent spectator to the large-scale erosion of Majuli, the once largest river island in the world.

It is to be noted here that, the minister himself hails from the same river island for which he is keeping a blind eye all the time. Meanwhile, KMSS and other organizations have been raising voice for long against alleged misappropriation of funds in the name of embankment and other projects in the Ministry.

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