Assam flood situation grim, 54.5 lakh hit, 12 fresh deaths

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Thursday, with more than 54,500 people still affected and 12 new deaths, officials said.

They said the death toll from floods since mid-May has now reached 101.

The Brahmaputra and Barak rivers and their tributaries spread in most of the affected areas and vast tracts of land remained submerged in 32 of the state’s 36 districts.

However, the flood waters receded in a few places.

3,658 people were evacuated with the help of 276 boats across the state by the NDRF, SDRF and other agencies during the day, according to the bulletin.

An official said more than 14,500 stranded people were rescued by the NDRF in 12 flood-affected districts of Assam.

Assistant Battalion Commander Santosh Kumar Singh told PTI that the 1st Battalion of the Disaster Response Force of the National Disarmament Front (NDF) had started rescue operations in the affected areas and deployed more than 70 boats and 400 men in the severely flooded areas.

He added that eight additional teams from another 207-strong battalion had been transferred to Silchar since Tuesday.

Singh said the rescue operations are being conducted by the National Defense Forces in Kamrup, Kamrup Rural, Pungaigon, Barpeta, Bagali, Hogai, Nalbari, Darang, Tamulpur, Nagun, Udalguri and Kashar.

He said that the force is also involved in assisting district administrations in distributing relief items to those affected.

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) Bulletin, the Kobeli River flows above the hazard level in Kampur in Nagaon District, Desang River in Sivasagar, Brahmaputra in Nymatigat, Tezpur, Golpara and Dubri, Barak River in Karimganj, Kachar, Hailakandi and Kochiara in Karimganj.

Barak-Kachar Valley, Hailakandi and Krimganj districts were severely affected by the rising waters of the Barak and Kochiara rivers. Silchar town has been inundated for the past four days due to a breach in a bridge.

The flood caused a total of 2,32,002 people in 565 villages in Kashar district, 281,271 in 469 villages in Karimganj and more than 51,000 in 98 villages in Hailakandy.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Silchar is scheduled to visit on Thursday to review the flood situation in the valley.

The total population of 5,457,601 in 32 districts of the state was affected.

The worst affected districts are Barpeta with 11,29,390 affected, followed by Kamrup with 7,89,496, Dhobri with 5,97,153 and Ngaon with 5.03,450 people in the flood, according to the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin. ) Thursday.

Urban flooding has been reported from Kachar, Darang, Golpara, Krimganj and Morigaon.

The devastating floods caused by continued rainfall affected 112 revenue departments and 4,941 villages, forcing 271,125 people to take shelter in 845 relief camps, she said.

Relief items were distributed from 1,026 delivery points among the flood-affected people who were not sheltering in relief camps.

Landslides were reported from Bethany village in Dima Hassaw district and 19 houses were damaged in different locations in Barthal in Karimganj, according to the ASDMA bulletin.

The floods destroyed 218 roads and 20 bridges, along with breaching two bridges in Kamrup district. A cropping area of ​​99,026 hectares and 33.17086 animals were affected.

The association said extensive erosion has been reported from Baksa, Biswanath, Bungaigaon, Chirang, Dhobri, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nalbari, Udalguri.

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