Assam flood situation worsens: 8 more dead, over 31 lakh people affected in 32 districts

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Hojai: Villagers walk through a flood-affected area following heavy rains in Hojai district of Assam, Monday, May 16, 2022.

Highlight

  • A total of 18.94 lakh people were affected in 28 districts of the state on Friday.
  • Eight people including three children are reported missing after a boat capsized in Hojai district
  • PM Narendra Modi calls up CM Himanta to know about the current flood situation

At least 63 people have died in Assam floods while 31 lakh people are affected in 32 districts of Assam. Eight people died in the state on Saturday alone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. The Chief Minister also visited some relief camps providing shelter to the affected people in Kamrup and Darrang districts.

A total of 18.94 lakh people were affected in 28 districts of the state on Friday. The death toll in the current second wave of floods and landslides in the state has risen to 63 as Barpeta and Karimganj reported two deaths each, while one each in Darang, Hailakandi, Nalbari and Sonitpur districts. Is.

Eight people, including three children, were reported missing after a boat capsized in Hojai district on Friday night. They are from Hojai, Bajli, West Karbi Anglong, Kokrajhar and Tamulpur districts. A total of 21 people were rescued there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Chief Minister to inquire about the current flood situation in the state and assured him of all possible help from the Centre.

Sarma along with state BJP president and local MLA Bhabesh Kalita visited Rangiya town in Kamrup district. He also visited the Fatima Convent School and relief camps in Kolajal where the affected people have taken shelter.

Talking to media persons, Sarma said that the district administration is ready to face any emergency and help the flood-affected people. “The administration has been directed to ensure relief material and move people from vulnerable areas to relief camps. Army is ready to provide assistance and Deputy Commissioners have been asked to take their help if required. NDRF and SDRF personnel are taking the affected people to safer places.

The CM assured the people living in the relief camps that all possible steps are being taken to help them. In Darang district, Sarma walked through flood waters and examined broken embankments at Patharughat and Bor Athiyabari. He instructed the officials concerned to repair it after the water receded.

Army has deployed 11 columns to assist in rescue and relief operations in Hojai, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Darang, Tamulpur and Kamrup districts and has so far evacuated 3000 people.

The Kopili river is flowing above the “high flood level” in Nagaon district, while other rivers such as the Brahmaputra, Jia-Bharali, Puthimari, Pagaladiya, Manas, Beki, Barak and Kushiyara are flowing in Nagaon district, a Central Water Commission (CWC) bulletin said on Saturday. It is flowing above the danger mark at different places.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Saturday, a population of 30.99 lakh has been affected in 32 districts. A total of 118 revenue circles and 4,291 villages have been affected by the disaster.

According to the bulletin, Barpeta, Darang, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kamrup (M), Nalbari and Udalguri districts have also been badly affected by the urban floods.

According to the ASDMA, a total of 66455.12 hectares of crop area has been submerged in the current wave of floods, while 441 animals have been washed away. Landslides were reported from Cachar, Dima-Hasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, South Salmara and Kamrup (Metro) districts during the day.

Over 1.56 lakh people have taken shelter in 514 relief camps. Relief material was also distributed to other affected population who are not in such camps. Damage to infrastructure was also reported from different parts of the state as 216 roads, five bridges and four embankments were damaged during the day.

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