The flood situation in Assam continued to be grave on Friday with more than half of the districts submerged by waters of the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries. At least six persons have been killed in the floods and landslides and more than 8.5 lakh people affected so far.
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said three persons died in rain and flood-related incidents in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts on Friday. While two persons died in the flood at Bokakhat revenue circle in Golaghat, one died in a landslide in Haflong in Dima Hasao district.
In rain-related incidents in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, two each also lost their lives. The total death toll so far in the region has climbed to 10.
The flood situation in Assam remained grim with 21 of the state’s 33 districts battling the raging waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries. The floods have led to the death of six persons and affected 8.7 lakh people. The swirling waters have forced the railway authority to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section.
Officials said the Army was called in in Baksa district to assist the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force for rescuing people.
As reported by News18, The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said nearly 800 villages in 41 revenue circles are underwater and about 2,000 marooned people have been put up in 53 relief camps and relief distribution centres. The Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site, has been affected too.
Massive erosion has taken place at Chirang, Barpeta and Baksa due to the floods, which has submerged a total 1,556 villages and damaged 27,864.16 hectares of crop area, embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure in the affected districts. The authorities are running 68 relief camps and distribution centres in 11 districts, where 7,643 people are taking shelter currently.
The Army, NDRF and SDRF have rescued 1,160 persons in the state since Thursday and have distributed 1,281.35 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 1,493.46 litres of mustard oil, besides tarpaulin, water pouch, sanitary napkins, baby food and other essential items.
The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur, while Dikhow river has breached the danger mark at Sivsagar town, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup and Beki river at Road Bridge in Barpeta.