Assam floods: Death toll jumps to 44; over 17.2 lakh people across 24 districts affected

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam worsened on Wednesday as five more deaths were reported in the deluge which has affected 17.2 lakh people in 24 districts.

The mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries have submerged 2,500 villages, destroyed 1.06 lakh hectares of cropland, damaged infrastructure by breaching the embankments and overrunning roads and bridges, thereby disrupting surface communication, said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

File image of locals stranded in Assam floods. Reuters

File image of locals stranded in Assam floods. Reuters

Five more deaths were reported, taking the toll to 44. One death each was reported from Majuli, Sivasagar, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Nagaon districts, the ASDMA said.

The flood-hit districts are Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, South Salmara, Charaideo, Goalpara and Karbi Anglong.

Nearly 75 percent of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), a world heritage site, was inundated, leading to the drowning of two female hog deer and one male swamp deer in the northern range of the park on Wednesday.

According to the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, the animals, including rhinos, have been forced to take shelter at the Highlands and at the Karbi Anglong hills across National Highway 37, which passes through the park.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), along with the authorities and police, have so far rescued 7,814 people, who were marooned in 16 districts, the ASDMA bulletin said.

Nearly one lakh people have taken shelter in 231 relief camps. Food, water, medicines and other essential commodities are being supplied to these camps by the respective district authorities.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark in Guwahati, at Nematighat in Jorhat, at Tezpur in Sonitpur and in Goalpara and Dhubri districts.

Other rivers flowing above the 'red' mark were the Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dikhow in Sivasagar town, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Sankosh at Golokganj in Dhubri and Kushiyara in Karimganj town, said the ASDMA.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the alleged spurt of deaths due to electrocution during the seasonal floods in Assam.

He ordered the Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, KK Mittal, to look into the incidents, said a release.

Sonowal asked Mittal to fix responsibility so that the causes of the deaths could be plugged once and for all, it added.

At least nine persons, including three in state capital Guwahati, were killed in flash flood-induced electrocution in the last one month.


Published Date: Jul 12, 2017 08:20 pm | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 08:20 pm


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