Assam flood: ‘Concerned’ Amit Shah speaks to CM, assures all possible help

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday (May 17, 2022) expressed his “concern” over the Assam flood and said that he spoke to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. Shah assured Sarma of all possible help from the central government and said that NDRF teams have already been deployed to the flood-hit northeastern state.

“Concerned about the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of Assam. Spoke to CM Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. NDRF teams are already been deployed. Assured all possible help from the central government,” Shah tweeted.

Around 2 lakh people in several districts of Assam have been hit by floods.

According to the reports, so far 24 districts namely Bajali, Baksa, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima-Hasao, Hojai, Kamrup, Karbi Anglong West, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Tamulpur, Udalguri, Jorhat, Kamrup Metro have been affected due to the flood in Assam.

A total of 811 villages are said to be hit due to the flood in the state while 1,277 houses are fully and 5,262 are partially damaged.

Landslides snap road, rail links to southern Assam, parts of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur

Landslides have also been reported in Dima Hasao, Karimganj, and Hailakandi districts. Surface links to Assam’s Barak Valley and Dima Hasao district and to neighboring states of Tripura, Mizoram, and Manipur remained snapped on Tuesday as incessant rains triggered landslides and washed off roads as well as railway tracks in multiple locations of Assam and Meghalaya.

Landslides in different locations in Assam’s Dima Hasao district disrupted road as well as rail connectivity.

In Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills districts landslides cut off road communication to Barak Valley in southern Assam and vital parts of the three northeastern states.

East Jaintia Hills police has alerted about fresh landslides under its jurisdiction.

Class 11 exams suspended due to floods

The Higher Secondary first year (class 11) examinations in Assam starting from Wednesday have been partially suspended due to floods and extensive damage caused by heavy rains in the last few days. The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSCE), which conducts the exams, in a notification issued on Tuesday informed all the heads of the institutions under it that the Higher Secondary first year examinations to be held till Saturday are suspended until further order.

The exams that were scheduled to be completed on June 1 have been suspended due to “prevailing inclement weather and in view of damages being caused by the natural calamities in the state”.

(With agency inputs)

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