Assam Floods: Situation remains grim


Flood situation is still grim with over four lakh people affected in 17 districts of Assam. Dhemaji, Majuli Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon, Nalbari, Chirang, and Barpeta are among the worst-hit districts.

Hundreds of villages across the state are submerged in flood waters and almost 17 thousand hectares of agricultural have been destroyed. According to reports, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s home constituency is also reeling under floods.

NDRF and SDRF have been deployed and are carrying on rescue operations. Around 2000 people have been rescued and moved to 53 relief camps, which have been set up in various affected areas.

The Kaziranga National Park has also been flooded with animals taking shelter on the platforms constructed for their safety during such instances.

Rivers including Brahmaputra, Subansiri, Tihu, Aai among others are flowing above the danger level.

Pertaining to the rising waters in the Brahmaputra, ferry services across Assam have been suspended following forecast of more rain during this weekend.

According to officials, floodwaters from the higher areas will flow towards the valleys, worsening the situation in Lower Assam areas.

Subsequently, Bhutan has issued a flood warning in the foothill areas.

Meanwhile, the state is also battling with rising cases of encephalitis, Malaria and swine flu. The Sonowal led government has cancelled the leaves of all health department employees till September 30 to fight with the outbreak.

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