Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Over 1.5 million people hit by floods in Assam

The overall flood situation in Assam remains grim as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to flow above the danger level on Monday.Five more people died in the floods taking the toll in the current wave to 41 even as an estimated 18 lakh people have been affected by the flood. Assam state disaster management authority on Monday said that two persons died at Mayong and Laharighat in Morigaon district, while another two died at Lakhipur in Goalpara. One person lost his life at Barkhetri in Nalbari district on Sunday, it said.

The Army has been inducted to assist the civil administration in Nagaon district for rescue and relief operations. According to the ASDMA, nearly 1.38 lakh people have taken shelter in the 277 relief camps set up by the state government.The authorities also said that river Brahmaputra was flowing above the red mark at Dibrugarh town, Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitput, Guwahati and Goalpara and Dhubri towns.

The Kaziranga National Park has also been submerged, forcing animals to move to the highlands in the neighbouring Karbi Anglong hills.Meanwhile, road links between Guwahati and Shillong were severely affected after landslides triggered by heavy rainfall hit the region on Sunday.Landslides in the Byrinhat region and Unming near Nongpoh brought the traffic along National Highway 40 to a halt, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded on both Assam and Meghalaya sides. According to official sources, the National Highway Authority of India has pressed into service several bulldozers to clear the landslides.National Highway 40 connects Assam with Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.

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