Flood situation in Assam, Bihar and Tripura remains grim


Agartala: People shift from a flooded locality after heavy rains in Agartala, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Agartala: People shift from a flooded locality after heavy rains in Agartala (PTI Photo)

The flood situation in Bihar turned grim on Sunday with the death of four people as around 18 lakh were affected in nine districts of the state, an official report said.

Five rivers of the state are flowing above the danger level due to torrential rains in the catchment areas bordering Nepal, the report by the Disaster Management Department said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of several districts.

Of the four deaths, the report said, two were reported from Araria, while one each was reported from Sheohar and Kishanganj districts.

A total of 17,96,535 population has been affected by flood waters in 55 blocks of nine districts – Sheohar, Sitamarhi, East Champaran, Madhubani, Araria, Kishanganj, Supaul, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

The report added that about 11 lakh people have been affected in the worst-hit Sitamarhi district, followed by 5 lakh in Araria.

It said 13 teams of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed to carry out relief and rescue operations in the affected districts.

The flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday with the death toll rising to 11 and affecting nearly 26.5 lakh people across 28 districts.

An Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said four fresh deaths were reported from Jorhat, Barpeta and Dhubri districts.

Of the 28 affected districts, Barpeta is the worst hit with 7.35 lakh people affected, followed by Morigaon where 3.50 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Dhubri where the number of affected is 3.38 lakh, the ASDMA said.

Till Saturday, around 14.06 lakh people were affected in 25 districts out of the total 33 districts.

At least 10,000 people of two districts of Tripura were rendered homeless and forced to take shelter in relief camps following floods caused by incessant rain for the last two days, officials of the state revenue department said on Sunday.

State Project Officer of Disaster Management, Sarat Das, said personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and security forces of the state-rescued a number of stranded people from Khowai and West Tripura districts.

Around 8,000 and 2,000 people had taken shelter in government buildings and local clubs in West Tripura and Khowai districts, where temporary relief camps were opened by the administration.