North East Floods: Over 32 lakh people affected in Assam, at least 8 lives lost | Latest India News
Assam and other northeastern states continued to witness torrential rains affecting hundreds of thousands of people and causing more deaths and injuries in the region. The flood situation in Assam, Meghalaya and some other states remained extremely critical with rescue operations continuing for the fourth consecutive day.
Over 37 lakh people have been affected in Assam due to floods and landslides in 30 districts. Of these, more than a million people have taken refuge in more than 500 relief camps, according to a PTI report. The flood killed more than 60 people in the state.
At least three people died due to landslides and five others drowned in different places during the day. With that, the total number of people who lost their lives in this year’s deluge rose to 70.
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In Cachar, two people were killed in a landslide that occurred on Saturday at the Borakhai tea plantation. Previously, five people went missing after their boat capsized in the Brahmaputra in the Rohmoria region of Dibrugarh. Officials said nine people were traveling on the boat, four of whom managed to save their lives, news agency ANI reported.
In the past 24 hours, 32 districts in Assam – comprising 118 tax circles and 4,291 villages – reported flooding, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. According to the ASDMA bulletin, so far more than 20,000 people have been evacuated by various agencies.
Guwahati Municipal Corporation Commissioner Devashish Sharma said the floodgates on the Bharalu River have been closed. “Due to heavy rains in Upper Assam and the flow of excess water through the Brahmaputra, the water level of the river at Guwahati has increased significantly. Its level is now higher than that of its tributary Bharalu,” he said as quoted by PTI.
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Officials say more than 4,000 stranded residents including critical patients, elderly people, women and children have been rescued in Assam so far.
As many as 44 anti-poaching camps – out of 223 – were flooded in Kaziranga National Park due to the flood. According to park authorities, flood waters submerged 15% of the national park areas.
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In Tripura, the flood situation improved slightly on Sunday although it was feared that a person had been washed away in the Katakhal River. According to reports, his body has not yet been found.
Around 12,000 people have been left homeless due to flash floods in the border state. In Sadar sub-division alone, more than 11,000 people have been forced to take refuge in 42 camps, according to a PTI report.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said “intense rains” over northeast India are expected to continue for the next 24 hours and taper off thereafter.
(With agency contributions)