Flood batters Assam, Arunachal

Flood batters Assam, Arunachal

Monsoon fury: Flash floods hit 6.5 lakh; Army on alert

Flood batters Assam, Arunachal

The flood situation in Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh remained grim on Sunday.

While one person died in Assam on Sunday, nearly 6.5 lakh are affected by flash floods in 14 out of the 32 districts in the state, official sources added.

Floods have ravaged Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Sivsagar, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon and Chirang in Assam. The army has been put on alert across the state even as the NDRF and the SDRF are carrying out rescue operation with the help of 41 boats, official sources further added.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s (ASDMA) assessment report on Saturday, 1039 villages across Assam remained affected by floods till Saturday evening and inundated nearly 50,000 hectares of cropland across the affected districts.

Over 21,000 people have taken shelter in 81 relief camps in some of the flood-hit districts.

Apart from the Brahmaputra, Dhansiri, Jai Bharali, Puthimri, Beki Sankosh, Subansiri and Buri Dehing rivers are flowing above danger level. The situation might even turn more grim in upper Assam since the hills in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh received heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. Nearly 50,000 hectares of cropland is under water in Assam with 1,206 villages totally marooned, official sources further added.

On Sunday, infrastructure damages were reported from Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Dibrugarh, Chirang and Nagaon districts in the state.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, the flood situation inn the eastern part of the state showed no signs of improvement on Sunday. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein visited the flood-affected districts of Lohit, Namsai, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Changlang to take stock of the situation. Over 100 families have been sent to a relief camp, official sources from Itanagar added. The Neo-Dehing River is flowing above danger mark thereby inundating huge areas in Namsai district.

In Changlang district bordering Myanmar, several low- lying areas at Diyun and Jairampur subdivision remained submerged.