Assam floods: 26 lakh people affected as heavy rains cause deluge, Tripura, Meghalaya also affected – India Today


Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in north-eastern states of India on Monday as Brahmaputra river rose further due to incessant rainfall. Deluge has claimed lives of at least 11 people in Assam and has affected the lives of nearly 26.5 lakh people in the state.

In Meghalaya, rising waters of the Brahmaputra and the Jinjiram rivers have life thrown out of gear for 1.14 lakh people across 164 villages.

At least 10,000 people of two districts of Tripura have been rendered homeless and forced to take shelter in relief camps following floods caused by incessant rain over the weekend.

On Monday, the water level of Brahmaputra River rose further, threatening lives of those living at near banks. By Sunday, the Brahmaputra was flowing above its danger mark in Guwahati, at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns, and at Badarpurghat in Karimganj.

Flood has also been reported from the Kaziranga National Park, which houses world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. “Many animals have moved to highlands. We have a sufficient stock of fodder and forest officials are on alert,” the officials said.

FLOOD SITUATION IN ASSAM

In Assam, 28 districts have been affected by the rains. Barpeta is the worst hit with 7.35 lakh people affected, followed by Morigaon where 3.50 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Dhubri where the number of affected is 3.38 lakh, the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

“As per the Met department forecast, there will be more rainfall across Assam and the water level in the Brahmaputra is likely to rise,” Kumar Sanjay Krishna, additional chief secretary (revenue and disaster management), said at a press conference on Sunday. “Dhubri and other lower Assam districts will probably see more severe flood in coming days.”

Several low-lying areas across 28 districts in Assam have been flooded. People are being rescued to higher grounds. (AP image)

The NDRF and SDRF had rescued 7,833 people by Sunday. As many as 10,840 litres of mustard oil, 7,922 quintals of rice, tarpaulin sheets, water pouches, biscuits, milk powder, dal, salt and other essential items have been distributed among the flood-affected people.

Apart from Brahmaputra, Burhidehing River is flowing above its danger mark in several districts.

ASDMA said 3,181 villages were under water and 87,607 hectares of crop areas had been damaged. Authorities are running 327 relief camps and distribution centres in 24 districts, where 16,596 people are taking shelter at present.

FLOOD SITUATION IN TRIPURA

At least 10,000 people of two districts of Tripura have been rendered homeless and forced to take shelter in relief camps following floods caused by incessant rain over the weekend. Rain and thundershower are expected on Monday.

State Project Officer of Disaster Management, Sarat Das, said personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and security forces of the state rescued a number of stranded people from Khowai and West Tripura districts.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “Our government is closely monitoring the heavy rain situation in Tripura and officials are on high alert…. NDRF, State Disaster Volunteers and Police personals are on ground to tackle any situation.”

The worst affected areas in and around Agartala city included Srilanka Basti, Baldakhal, Ambedkar Colony, Pratapgarh which are close to the river Haora.

The deluge severally affects food and water security in the affected region. (AP photo)

FLOOD SITUATION IN MEGHALAYA

Incessant rain across Meghalaya for the last seven days and rising waters of two rivers flooded the plains of West Garo Hills district, affecting at least 1.14 lakh people, officials said on Monday.

A total of 57,700 people, residents of 50 villages in Demdema block and over 66,400, residents of 104 villages in Selsella block have been affected due to the floods, they said.

Meanwhile, the low-lying areas of the state’s capital city Shillong were also flooded.

The Meghalaya government on Sunday announced seven days of Gratuitous Relief (GR) for the flood-affected people of West Garo Hills district, an official said.

Efforts are on to evacuate the flood victims and take them to safer locations.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma could conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday due to inclement weather, the MLA of Phulbari, SG Esmatur Mominin, said.

Arrangements were being made to provide drinking water and other relief materials.

(With inputs from agencies)

“Disclaimer – This story is not been edited by ViralAssam Staff and is auto-generated from syndicated feed”


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