Flood Situation in Assam & Bihar Remains Grim

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Although the flood situation in Assam has improved a bit, still 22 districts are reeling under flood. On Sunday, 25 districts in the state were submerged underwater.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 24 lakh people are still affected in the third wave of floods. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has undertaken a 4 days visit to assess the flood situation in Upper Assam districts including Majuli. Sonowal met flood affected people and also held meetings with the administration. 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have carried out rescue operations in flood-affected areas in the state. The teams evacuated villagers and livestock and transported them to safer places from flood-affected areas of Dighirpam Bazar in Barpeta district on Monday. In Bihar too, flood fury continues in eleven districts. Breaching of embankments in East Champaran and Darbhanga has further aggravated the situation. Fresh areas of East Champaran have been engulfed following a breach of Gandak embankment near Lahladpur in Tetaria block in the district. The swirling water from Kamla Balan has inundated scores of new villages in the Kewati block of Darbhanga after breaching of Dumri – Guthli embankment in the block. Vehicular traffic on Darbhanga – Jainagar, and Darbhanga – Samastipur roads has been halted as the roads are covered with heavy sheets of water. Rail traffic on Darbhang -Samastipur, and Muzaffarpur – Narkatiaganj rail section of East Central Railway remained suspended on the fourth day consecutive today due to overtopping of rail tracks at several places. Met department predicts heavy rainfall in catchment areas of Nepal and various rivers including Gandak, Bagmati and Kamla Balan.

Over 15 lakh people spread over 625 panchayats in eleven districts are reeling under the impact of the flood. The worst affected districts are Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Supaul, and West Champaran. Relief and rescue operations are in full swing. Three helicopters of the Indian Air Force continue to make rounds of the flood-hit regions and drop the dry food packets to the marooned people. 25 teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations. About one lakh fifty thousand affected people have been shifted to safer places and 15 thousand people have taken shelter in 26 relief camps.

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