Nearly 2 lakh people hit by Assam flood

Nearly 2 lakh people hit by Assam flood

The flood situation in Assam and in the rest of Northeast deteriorated on Wednesday affecting nearly two lakh people. Till now four people have lost their lives in floods.

Though the number of people affected was 81,000 till Tuesday, it increased to more than twice on Wednesday.

The Brahmaputra and Jiya Bharali river is flowing above danger level since last one week affecting 553 villages of 13 districts. The death toll remains at two while the flood has taken a toll on the agricultural land. According to government sources, a total of 82,4502 hectare of land has been affected in the floods. Barpeta, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts are the worst flood affected in Assam.

Many embankments in these districts have outlived their life span of 25-35 years and these require urgent attention. Besides this, of the 4,447-km network of embankments in the state, stretches of 1,000 km and 2,400 km are extremely vulnerable.

At present 273 victims have been sheltered in four relief camps of Tinsukia and Sonitpur district. National Highway 31 has been submerged at many places in lower Assam.
Arunachal Pradesh has also been badly hit by floods, rendering around 5000 people homeless.

Floodwaters from the Lohit River have disrupted road and communication links and triggered landslides in many places in the state. Two people were swept away by the water wave on Tuesday.

The IMD has issued a high alert on heavy rainfall in the bordering state till 13th June. The state government has decided to close all the schools within the capital complex from Wednesday till Friday. Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the deceased and aid to the injured persons.

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