Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Thursday with one more person losing his life and nearly 7.18 lakh people in 27 districts being affected by the deluge, an official bulletin said. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person drowned in the Kampur revenue circle of Nagaon district.
Besides, two more persons are reported missing in Kampur, he said. With this, the total number of people who lost their lives in this year’s floods and landslides rose to 10 across the state.
ASDMA said over 7,17,500 people are affected by floods in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Karbi Districts of Anglong West, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, and Udalguri. Nagaon is the worst affected with over 3.31 lakh people suffering, followed by Cachar (1.6 lakh) and Hojai (97,300).
Till Wednesday, over 6.62 lakh people were affected by the deluge in 27 districts of the state. At present, 1,790 villages have been inundated and 63,970.62 hectares of crop areas damaged in Assam, ASDMA said.
It further said authorities are running 359 relief camps and distribution centers in 14 districts, where 80,298 people, including 12,855 children, are sheltering. The bulletin stated that the Army, paramilitary forces, NDRF, SDRF, civil administration, trained volunteers, Fire and Emergency Services, and local people have evacuated 7,334 people from various flood-affected areas using boats and helicopters.
The authorities have distributed 7,077.56 quintals of rice, dal, and salt, 6,020.90 liters of mustard oil, 2,218.28 quintals of cattle feed, and other flood relief items. Air Force helicopter services continued in Dima Hasao, which is completely cut off from the rest of the country, for emergency airlift of stranded passengers and supply of essential food items, officials said.
“A 20-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with all necessary equipment has been airlifted today from Guwahati to Haflong, Dima Hasao for further search and rescue operation for the stranded people,” ASDMA said in a statement. been spotted in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Charaideo, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, South Salmara, Tamulpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri districts.
More landslides have occurred in the already devastated Dima Hasao district, causing further hurdles in efforts to restore normalcy in the hill district. The floods damaged embankments, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure in Morigaon, Udalguri, Darrang, Darrang, Karbi Anglong West, Biswanath, Barpeta, Cachar, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Bajali, Dibrugarh, Hojai, Kamrup, Kokrajhar, and Majuli, ASDMA said.
A total of 3,13,712 domestic animals and poultry have been affected by the deluge in 13 districts, it added. The mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark in Nimatighat, while its tributaries Kopili in Dharamtul and Kampur, and Disang in Nanglamuraghat are flowing above danger levels, the bulletin said.