North-East floods claim more than 80 lives

RSTV Bureau
Guwahati : Children taking bath in flooded Brahmaputra river at Kasomari Ghat in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI Photo

Guwahati : Children taking bath in flooded Brahmaputra river at Kasomari Ghat in Guwahati on Thursday. PTI Photo

The flood situation remains grim in the North-East. The death toll has risen to 80 across Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

In Assam, the rains have affected more than 17 lakh people in 26 of the 35 districts. The Brahmaputra and its tributaries submerged 2,500 villages and destroyed 1.06 lakh hectares of crop land. Around 49 people have lost their lives so far.

The Brahmaputra is said to flowing above the danger mark at five places – Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri.
South Salmara, is the worst-hit area, where over 3.06 lakh people have been affected by the deluge. Morigaon has also been hit badly where more than 2.23 lakh are affected.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday visited the flood affected areas and took stock of the situation. He said the government was providing all help to the victims.

“I met our people who are staying in the relief camps and asked about the help being provided by the government. Whatever help is required from our government, we are ready to provide it and we have issued orders to the DCs of all the districts so that the public gets help according to their needs,” said Sonowal on Thursday.

Union minister of state for development for north eastern region, Jitendra Singh, called the Assam Chief Minister and expressed concern over the damage caused by the floods.

Around 77 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park has also been inundated. Several dead animals were seen floating on water.

NDRF teams are at the spot to work with district administrations.

In Arunachal Pradesh, at least 13 people have been killed.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also visited flood and landslide affected areas. Rijiju, was deputed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess the damage caused by heavy rains in the region.
First, he undertook an aerial survey of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and then later he held a meeting with the district administration officials. Rijiju assured all sort of central assistance to the states.
(With inputs from PTI)