Assam floods: Over 9.26 lakh people across 23 districts affected, more than 20 dead so far

In the northeastern states, there is torrential rain from the sky. 23 districts of Assam are flood affected. According to the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two more people have died due to floods. 9.3 lakh population of Assam is affected by floods. So far more than 20 people have died in different accidents.

ASDMA states that Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Majuli, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong district, more than 9 lakh population is affected by the floods.

“Over 9.26 lakh people affected by the floods and over 68,806 hectares of crop areas were badly affected due to the floods. Around 27,308 people took shelter in 193 relief camps,” an official said.

The worst of the floods is in Barpeta district, where 1.35 lakh population is affected. At the same time, about one lakh people in Dhemaji and more than 96 thousand people in Nalbari are affected by the floods.

Within the last 24 hours, all agencies including SDRF, district administration have saved 9,303 people in five districts. 

According to ASDMA, there are 2071 villages in the grip of floods and more than 68 thousand hectares of crops have been destroyed. 

In Assam, the Brahmaputra river has also reached the danger mark with rapid increase of water.

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

 In view of the state government’s concern, Home Minister Amit Shah talked to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma and got information about the situation.

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, ‘Talked to Assam Chief Minister Sabarnand Sonwal and Himanta Biswa Sharma. Asked them about landslides in the Brahmaputra River and Guwahati. All possible help assured. The Modi government stands firmly with the people of Assam”.

“Shah assured all help and support from the central government in dealing with the floods, relief and erosion of rivers while asserting that the central government stood together with the state government in these difficult times. The Home Minister also expressed his sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in flood and landslide incidents,” an Assam government official told the media in Guwahati.

The Chief Minister of Assam has also directed the Deputy Commissioners of all the affected districts to address the needs of the flood-hit people urgently while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. 

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