Over 41 lakh people in 34 districts of Assam continue to reel under the impact of ongoing flood and landslide situations. Assam State Disaster Management Authority on Monday informed that 11 people died in floods and landslides in the last 24 hours. 82 people have died in floods and landslides in the state this year so far in Assam and 27 people are still missing.
As several parts of the Cachar district of Assam including urban and rural parts of Silchar are totally submerged, the Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) carried out rescue operations in flood-hit areas of the district in a massive way. The rescue teams on Monday rescued more than 3,000 people including pregnant women, children and senior citizens from different parts of Silchar town and the Cachar district, informed the Cachar district administration.
Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday informed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will carry one lakh litres of diesel and petrol to Silchar on Tuesday. Speaking to media persons at Diphu in Karbi Anglong district, the Chief Minister said, «For the first time in the history of Assam, a special plane of Indian Air Force will carry 1 lakh litres of diesel and petrol to Silchar on June 21. Nothing like this ever before happened in Assam history. The Northeast Frontier Railway has also agreed to run a special relief train.»
The Chief Minister further informed that more than 2000 villages of Nagaon and Morigaon district are still reeling under flood waters in the state. «We are trying to help the flood-affected people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me to enquire about the flood situation in the state. Today morning Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also called and all central government agencies Indian Air Force, Indian Railway, Indian Army are engaged in relief and rescue operations,» he noted. «There is no fund problem. All this is possible only because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi›s instruction,» Sarma said.
The flood situation in Assam›s Karimganj district has deteriorated after the flood waters of Kushiyara, Longai, and Singla rivers have inundated more areas of the district affecting more than 1.34 lakh people of the district. The flood waters have submerged several main roads of the district.
5,424 villages under 125 revenue circles of 32 districts are reeling under flood. More than 12.30 lakh people have been affected alone in lower Assam›s Barpeta district followed by 4.69 lakh in Darrang, 4.40 lakh in Nagaon, 3.38 lakh in Bajali, 2.91 lakh in Dhubri, 2.82 lakh in Kamrup, 2.80 lakh in Goalpara, 2.07 lakh in Cachar, 1.84 lakh in Nalbari, 1.51 lakh in South Salmara, 1.46 lakh in Bongaigaon, 1.34 lakh in Karimganj district.
The ASDMA also reported that seven people have gone missing amidst the natural calamity whereas 2,31,819 people took shelter in the 810 relief camps in the state.
A total of 1,13,485.37 hectares of land have been affected because of the calamity, whereas the ASDMA in its report further stated that at least 11,292 people have been evacuated from the affected areas.
The administration of the flood-hit districts has set up 810 relief camps and 615 relief distribution centres and nearly 2.32 lakh people are currently lodged in the relief camps.
Meanwhile, the Karimganj district administration has closed down all government and private educational institutions in the district till 23 June.