Assam Flood: 8.69 lakh people in 21 districts affected
Over 8.69 lakh people in 1,556 villages have been affected by the second wave of flooding in Assam.
The situation in Assam has turned critical with Twenty-one of Assam’s 33 districts affected by the floods triggered by heavy rain. The torrential rains have also destroyed several houses and caused massive landslides in the state. At least three persons died taking the total to 6 deaths and several houses were destroyed.
As reported by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 8.69 lakh people in 1,556 villages of 68 revenue circles have been affected by the second wave of flooding in the state this year. Over 7,600 people have been forced to leave their homes and take shelter in 68 relief camps.
The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur,Darrand, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Sibasagar.
Following a landslide in Dipar Bil area near Guwahati, two houses were destroyed and one person was injured Thursday. This incident took place around 8 am in the morning. Due to rain, a mountain fell. Two houses and many vehicles came under the debris.
New agency Ani reported that a total of 13,267.74 hectares of crop area was devastated due to the floods as of 5 pm on July 10. This was according to an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report.
With rains continuing to inundate the state, the situation is likely to worsen, said the meteorological department.
The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the District Commissioners to activate 24×7 control rooms for immediate response to the flood situation in their districts. He has also asked them to update the stock of medicines in the hospitals and ensure availability of doctors.
The floodwaters from the Brahmaputra have also entered some parts of the Kaziranga National Park.