Assam floods: Nine killed, over 4 lakh affected, the situation remain grim. In NEW DELHI: flood, heavy downpour and landslides have crippled Assam and other northeastern states, where at least 12 people have lost their lives, including 9 in Assam, and over six lakhs others have been affected so far. authorities have, meanwhile, warned that the situation could worsen in the coming days.
Apprehension on the availability of essentials, transport furl and vegetables grips the people of certain parts of the northeast as the solitary railways line through Assam’s Dima Hasao district connecting Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam remained snapped following heavy landslides triggered by incessant rains.
Authorities in Tripura, Mizoram and southern Assam, however, said that there are sufficient stocks of essentials and transport fuel, and if everyone trues to do illegal hoarding or increase prices, the government would take action.
ASSAM FLOODS SITUATION TO REMAIN GRIM
Northeast India has been reeling under flooding conditions. The state of Assam’s flood situation is bad enough wherein around two lakh people have been affected. At least 7 people have been declared dead and more than 33000 people are in relief camps at present.
During the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Monday, Silchar recorded a whopping 120 mm of rains, Majbat 89 mm, and North Lakhimpur 79 mm.
Weather wise, heavy rains over the state of Assam is expected to continue. Rains will be heavier today over Meghalaya and Assam. Tomorrow, eastern parts of Assam will see heavier showers. The flood situation will remain grim for at least a week.
Assam Flood| Over 4 lakh people affected in 26 districts; HM Amit Shah expresses concern and assures help
In Assam, rescue and relief operations have been intensified by the Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and local administrations in flood-hit areas. Over four lakh people have been affected due to floods and landslides in 26 districts while eight persons lost their lives. About 40 thousand people have been shifted to relief camps. Dima Hasao, Hojai, and Barak valley are the worst-affected areas. District Administrations are disturbing food items in affected areas.
Meanwhile, Northeast Frontier Railway is working on war footing to restore rail connectivity in South Assam. Talking to AIR News, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northeast Frontier Railway Sabyasachi Dey said that damage occurred at 50 to 60 locations in Dima Hasao district.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed concern about the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of Assam. He spoke to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. In a tweet, Mr Shah said NDRF teams have already been deployed. He assured all possible help from the central government.
Assam floods | Over 4 lakh affected now, ‘extremely heavy rains’ to continue
Communication lines have also snapped in several parts of the north-east region. The weather department has predicted that “extremely heavy rains” will continue for the coming days as the states stay on ‘red alert.’
The number of people affected by the Assam flood has doubled to more than 4.03 lakh within a day, news agency PTI reported. 26 districts of Assam have been affected by the current spell of the flood as per the latest data. According to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority, a total of 96,697 people have been affected alone in the Cachar district followed by 88,420 people affected in Hojai, 58,975 in Nagaon, 56,960 in Darrang, 39,874 in Biswanath and 22,526 in Udalguri district.
So far, landslides have been reported from New Kunjung, Fiangpui, Moulhoi, Namzeurang, South Bagetar, Mahadev Tilla, Kalibari, North Bagetar, Zion and Lodi Pangmoul villages.
The Indian Meteorological Department forecast very heavy to extremely heavy rain in the region for the next three days. Assam will stay on ‘red alert’ today as well.
Security forces comprising the Army and Assam Rifles of Masimpur Garrison have launched flood rescue operations in various parts of Cachar district which is one of the badly flood-hit districts of the state. The Indian Army has also been called in rescue operations as the flood situation in Assam has worsened.
The district administration has set up 89 relief camps and 89 distribution centers where 39558 flood-affected people are taking shelter.
The state’s bulletin on flood impact informed that the Railway line at Jatinga-Harangajao and Mahur-Phaiding was blocked due to landslides. The road connecting the Maibang tunnel at Geremlambra village is also likely blocked.