Flood fury continues in Assam, Bihar and Bengal

RSTV Bureau

There seems to be no relief in the flood situation in Assam, Bihar and north Bengal today with more deaths being reported from the states due to the natural calamity.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reached Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi and apprise him of the situation in flood hot districts.

Flood-affected villagers commute to safer  places using  boats at Morigaon district in Assam

Flood-affected villagers commute to safer places using boats at Morigaon district in Assam

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Dhubri, with 8.5 lakh affected people, was the worst hit, followed by Morigaon where 5.1 lakh were affected.

As many as 2,970 villages were under water and 1.43 lakh hectares of crop area was damaged, the report said.

The Brahmaputra river was flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns, officials said.

In Bihar, the toll mounted to 72 from 56 yesterday and around 73.44 lakh people in 14 districts were affected by the floods, triggered by incessant rains in Nepal and the northern parts of the state.

Army personnel rescue flood victims from villages in Katihar district, Bihar on Wednesday.Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in Bihar.

Army personnel rescue flood victims from villages in Katihar district, Bihar on Wednesday.Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in Bihar.

One Army Column and one Engineer Task Force (ETF) have been deployed in six districts of Bihar, which have rescued over 270 people from the flood-hit areas.

At least 39 people are rescued from Katihar, 122 from Aria, 19 from Madhubani and 90 from Sitamarhi.

Besides rescue operation, 3090 food packets were distributed among flood affected people and around 1000 were provided medical aid.

Arrangements have also been made for crowd control and repair of the embankment.

Anirudh Kumar, Special Secretary, state Disaster Management department, said Gopalgunj was the latest district to be hit by the floods, which had engulfed 110 blocks and 1,151 panchayats.

He added that 2.74 lakh people were shifted to safer places and of them, 1.16 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps.

In the six districts of north Bengal, at least 32 persons have died and over 14 lakh people were affected due to the floods, caused partly due to the overflowing rivers of Bhutan, Bihar, and Jharkhand.

A senior official in West Bengal’s disaster management department said the highest number of 3,64,043 people were hit in Malda, followed by 3,53,328 in Alipurduar, 1,78,546 in Jalpaiguri, 1,30,634 in Cooch Behar, 1,25,435 in South Dinajpur and 1,20,000 in North Dinajpur districts.

“Currently, around 1,38,134 people have taken shelter in the relief camps,” the official said, adding that nearly three lakh hectares of agricultural land had been submerged.

 Flood affeccted villagers shift to safer places near Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal

Flood affected villagers shift to safer places near Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal

He said around eight NDRF and four SDRF teams were working in the six flood-hit districts, while cooked food, dry food, and drinking water were being distributed.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reacted sharply to a reported statement by a Union minister and said providing relief to the flood-hit people was the “first priority” of the state government.

“We have to rescue the people first and only after that, we will start evaluating the magnitude of damage due to the floods. I have already spoken to the prime minister and home minister,” she told reporters while reacting to the statement