Assam floods: 18 lakh people affected in 2000 villages across the state

RSTV Bureau
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi during an aerial survey of flood affected districts of Lower Assam on Sunday. PTI Photo

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi during an aerial survey of flood affected districts of Lower Assam on Sunday. PTI Photo

Five more people are reported to have died in the Assam floods, taking the toll to 41 even as the situation in the state on Monday remained grim with an estimated 18 lakh people affected so far. For the few weeks now, the state of Assam has been reeling under massive floods and incessant rains have deteriorated the situation further. More than 2,000 villages across the state have been affected thus far.

The latest casualty has only added to the vows. According to the statement issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons died at Mayong and Laharighat in Morigaon district, while another two died at Lakhipur in Goalpara. Whereas, one person lost his life at Barkhetri in Nalbari district on Sunday, the statement said.

The flood situation in the north-east state has put the state government under the radar. The situation for the administration has only aggravated after the spate of heavy rains and rising water levels in the rivers and other water bodies.

According to the authorities, Brahmaputra River is now flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Guwahati, Goalpara town and Dhubri town.

The villages affected by the floods were located in Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Nagaon, Dhubri, Kamrup Metropolitan and Goalpara districts.

The worst-hit happens to be Dhubri district with nearly 4.5 lakh persons affected.

The floods have caused heavy damages to the standing crops with ASDMA estimating that nearly 1.1 lakh hectares of crop land is under the water.

In order to cope with the current situation, the district authorities have set up 277 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Cachar, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Dibrugarh, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri. Roughly, 1.4 lakh people have been provided with shelter and basic necessity in these camps.

(With inputs from the PTI)