Flood kills 62 people in Assam this year, 31 lakh affected


The flood fury in Assam has claimed the lives of 62 people this year and affected nearly 31 lakh people across 32 districts. As heavy rains in the state continue unabashed, eight people have died after drowning in flood waters in the last 24 hours. Areas like Cachar and Berenga Betukandi witnessed a flood-like situation and as many as 44 anti-poaching camps of Kaziranga National Park have also been inundated due to floods.

The water level of all major rivers in the state, including Beki, Manas, Pagladiya Puthimari, Kopili, Jia-Bharali and Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level marks in several places.

Many flood-affected people are taking shelter on roads, embankments, and high lands after the flood waters inundated their homes.

More than 25.54 lakh animals have been affected in the current wave of the deluge.

Amid the incessant rains, the rescue and relief teams of Indian Army, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) and district administration have upped their efforts to help the locals. In the last 24 hours, the rescue teams have rescued 9,102 persons including children, and women from different flood-affected areas in 22 districts.

9,102 people, including women and children, have been rescued in the last 24 hours from the flood affected areas. Meanwhile, 514 relief camps and 302 relief distribution camps have been set up.

The district administration has been directed to ensure adequate food supply in the affected districts. In view of the prevailing situation, the Assam government is also monitoring the availability of adequate stock of fuel and essential items.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has warned the district commissioners against any compromise in relief efforts. Sarma has also directed the authorities to identify all breach points after receding of flood water, immediately undertake temporary closing works and monitor the flood-affected areas

As per a report shared by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 51 people have died in floods and 11 people have died in landslides. The report also revealed that about 4,291 villages are witnessing a flood-like situation and 66,455.82 hectares of cropland have been submerged. Along with this, around 25.54 lakh animals have been affected by the floods in Assam.