Assam flood death toll rises to 126, over 22 lakh people still affected

Guwahati: Assam’s flood situation is showing signs of improvement as the water level of most rivers is receding, while over 22 lakh people are affected across the state, officials said on Monday. However, the situation in Silchar, the headquarters town of Cachar district, remained grim as many areas were still waterlogged.

The death toll in the state rose to 126 after five people died on Sunday, while two others went missing.

According to the bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the total number of affected people in 28 districts on Sunday came down to 22.21 lakh, as against 25.10 lakh on the previous day.

Kopili, Barak and Kushiyara rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

Efforts are being made to bring relief to the areas where the administration is yet to reach by air to drop packets of food, drinking water and other essential commodities from the Air Force helicopter in Silchar town, which has been submerged for over a week. Is.

Cachar Deputy Commissioner Kirti Jalli said that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is monitoring and surveying Silchar city to prepare a flood map to identify the extent of damage in different areas and to minimize the damage in future. to help take measures.

He said that the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), UNICEF and OXFAM, an international charitable organization, have started operating water treatment units on a boat to provide drinking water to the needy people in Silchar and its surrounding areas.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Silchar twice within two days on Sunday and reviewed the relief and rescue operations in the city.

Silchar has been badly affected by the inflow of water after a breach in the dam at Betkundi allegedly by miscreants and Sarma alleged that the floods in the city were “man-made”.

The state government has delivered 3575 food packets from Guwahati and Jorhat to Silchar.

Meanwhile, 2,542 villages under 75 revenue circles across the state are affected by the current wave of floods, while 2,17,413 people have taken shelter in 564 relief camps, the ASDMA said in a bulletin.

Large-scale erosion has also been reported from Bongaigaon, Charaideo, Chirang, Hailakandi, Morigaon, Sonitpur, South Salmara and Udalguri.