Over 90 people have died in India as floods have wreaked havoc in parts of several states in the country.
One of the worst-affected states seems to be Bihar, as the death toll in the state has now climbed to 56, PTI reported. It was also reported that 69.81 lakh people were hit by inundation in 13 districts of the state. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made his second aerial survey of flood-hit areas on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh.
Special secretary in Bihar disaster management department, Anirudh Kumar said Araria area in the state accounted for 20 flood-related deaths, West Champaran - 9, Kisanganj - 8, Sitamarhi - 5, Madhepura - 4, East Champaran, Darbhanga and Madhubani - 3 each and Sheohar - 1.
He said 69.81 lakh people are in the grip of floods which has engulfed 98 blocks and 1,070 panchayats in the eastern state. Kumar added 1.61 lakh people have been taken to safer places. Out of them, 85,949 have been put up in 343 relief camps in different places.
Addressing the Independence Day programme in state capital Patna, Nitish expressed concern over the "grim flood situation" and said the flood was caused by incessant rains in Nepal.
He added that the situation is grim in north Bihar, where rivers are flowing above the danger level and have caused immense loss and damage.
The flood situation in Assam has worsened as the second wave of deluge affected 25 of its 32 districts, claiming 10 more lives. The death toll in the state is now at 28.
The Indian Army was assisting the civil administration in rescue and relief operations as the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries were flowing above their danger levels snapping surface communications in many parts of the state.
Three persons died in Morigaon district, one each in Dhemaji, Darrang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Nagaon and Dibrugarh districts. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in Guwahati, the toll in flood-related incidents this year now stands at 112.
Thirty-three lakh people were affected in 25 districts, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta and Bongaigaon. Dhemaji district in upper Assam is the worst-hit where nearly one lakh people were affected. Flood water is flowing over the roofs of houses in many areas, the ASDMA said.
As flood waters were flowing over National Highway 37, communication between upper and lower Assam have snapped. Vehicles were stranded on the highway and being diverted via Nagaland, official sources said.
According to a defence spokesperson, troops of Gajraj Corps were involved in relief and rescue operations in Nagaon and other districts of lower Assam.
Around 1.83 lakh hectares of standing crops has been inundated with Morigaon being the worst-affected, followed by Kokrajhar, the ASDMA report said, adding the deluge has affected at least 1.8 lakh domestic animals.
The district administrations have set up 315 relief camps where 1.68 lakh people are taking shelter. The SDRF and NDRF have deployed 232 boats so far and rescued more than 14,000 people, the ASDMA said.
Waters of the Brahmaputra river were flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns.
In north West Bengal, where five districts have been affected by the deluge, the toll is seven. About a lakh people have been affected, 60,000 alone in worst-hit Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts.
Apart from the worst-hit Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts, North Dinajpur, Cooch Behar and Malda districts were also affected in the flood, sources in the district administrations said. Many of the flood affected have taken shelter in relief camps, they said.
In the absence of major rains during the day, water levels of all major rivers in north Bengal which were flowing above the danger marks, have now come down to some extent.
The state administration is monitoring the relief and rescue operations round-the-clock as per the instructions by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Water discharge from Gajoldoba barrage on the Teesta river has flooded new areas of Mal block and worsened the situation in areas like Milanpalli, Basusuba and Champadanga, officials said.
Villages in Dhupguri and Moynaguri blocks of Jalpaiguri have been inundated and a large number of people have taken shelter in government relief camps, they said.
However, the overall situation in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts was improving. If there was no rainfall in the next couple of days, water levels in all major rivers in north Bengal would recede and be below danger mark, the authorities said.
Eastern Railway chief Public Relations Officer R Mahapatra told PTI that a number of trains were cancelled as flood water was flowing above rail tracks in areas under North East Frontier Railway (NFR) jurisdiction.
With railway tracks flooded at many places in Katihar and Alipurduar divisions of Northeast Frontier Railways, a number of long distance trains have either been cancelled, diverted and short terminated, an NFR release said in Guwahati. The cancelled trains include the DEMU between Silghat Town to Guwahati, the Dibrigarh-Lalgarh Express, Kanchanjungha Express, Padatik Express and Teesta Torsa Express, NFR chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said.
The trains put under short termination and short origination are Seemanchal Exp at Arariya, Kolkata-Jogbani Express at Simraha, Kolkata-Balurghat Express at Malda Town and Howrah-Balurghat Express at Buniyadpur. With track fit certificate with speed restrictions in Alipurduar-New Coochbehar section received, the trains which will resume are the Alipurduar Junction-Bamanhat-Alipurduar Junction passenger, Siliguri Junction-Bamanhat-Siliguri Junction passenger and Alipurduar Junction-Kamakhya-Alipurduar Junction Intercity Express, Sharma added.
As far as other states are concerned, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth, who on Friday undertook an aerial survey of various flood affected districts in the state, suspended three officials and transferred the chief medical officer of Gonda over alleged laxity in flood relief works.
He also warned that stern action would be taken against all those who were lax in flood relief works. “The government will not pardon laxity at any level or by anyone in flood relief works and all those found responsible for this negligence will face stern punishment,” Adityanth said while addressing flood-affected people at Aeriya village in Bahraich district.
According to an official release, the chief minister has suspended in-charge district supply officer Puran Singh, animal husbandry officer K P Dwivedi and doctor of Karnailganj primary health centre Dr Ajit Pratap, besides transferring the CMO of Gonda Dr Abha Ashutosh with immediate effect.
The Indian Express also reported that the situation was also grim in Arunachal Pradesh as recurring landslides due to heavy rain disrupted traffic in the state.
Parts of Anjaw, East Siang, Namsai, Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Siang districts were affected. Communication lines were snapped at some places and road communications were also affected in some regions.
On the other hand, the NDRF said it was facing trouble with rescue efforts as people refused to leave their homes in flood-hit areas, a problem which some officials said was "the most challenging to solve", according to Hindustan Times.
While some people are afraid of losing valuables, others are afraid of the possibility of their cattle drowning. People are also reluctant because flood forecasts have been proven wrong in the past.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Aug 16, 2017 09:28 am | Updated Date: Aug 16, 2017 09:34 am