Flood situation worsens in Assam, 5 dead

Flood situation worsens in Assam, 5 dead

Following the devasting flood, around 64,000 people are homeless and forced them to take shelter in the relief camps set up by the districts administration. Brahmaputra and its tributaries are also reported to be flowing above the danger level at several places. The states of Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh have been badly hit and the weather department has issued a red alert till Sunday.

Meanwhile, the floodwaters have affected 10,99,217 people in 1,752 villages under 66 revenue villages across 19 districts. The fresh wave of floods has submerged upper and lower Assam, affecting almost 10 lakh people.

Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts have been affected by the fresh wave of floods following the one last month. "More than half of the relief camp inmates are in Kokrajhar district", an ASDMA officer said.

The top ASDMA official said that, the flood waters submerged over 1 lakh hectare crop areas of 66 revenue circles in the state till Friday. Almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps in Agartala and suburban areas after an unprecedented almost 200 mm rainfall was recorded by the meteorological department, which predicted heavier showers for the next 24 hours till Sunday evening. The worst-affected area is the South Garo Hills. "Following the situation, we have introduced time cards in NH-37 to control the speed of vehicles", a park official said.

Assam is reeling under floods since June. Proper rehabilitation measures have been taken for affected people and no stone would be left unturned in helping the distraught people at this hour, he added.

Roads and bridges were also damaged by the swirling floods in a number of districts. On August 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the state to review the flood situation.

Nine major rivers were flowing over the danger level and were on a rising trend.

Rains in Bhutan have also fed the rivers of the state.