Assam flood situation worsens

News Hour:

The flood situation in Assam of northeast India slowly worsens as more places got inundated and increase the tally of casualty to 24 till Friday. Brahmaputra and Barak along with their tributaries are flowing above the danger mark affecting nearly four lakh people in 857 revenue villages of 16 districts in the State.

In view of the current spate of flood inundating several hectares of land in different districts of the State affecting thousands of people, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed ministers of his cabinet to immediately rush to affected areas to take stock of flood situation and step up relief and rescue operations ensuring proper arrangement of facilities for flood affected and relief camp inmates.

Sonowal also directed that the ex-gratia relief of Indian rupees four lakh each to the victim families is being delivered within 48hours. He also directed all concerned departments to provide necessary supports to the flood-affected people in the State.

 
The floods are forcing the animals on the streets. This video is captured on the national highway 37 in Jakhlabanda town near Kaziranga National Park in Assam

The meteorological department in Guwahati meanwhile issued a warning that more rains were waiting for Assam along with Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the next 48 hours.

According to the Assam disaster management authority, at least 24 people have lost their lives in the current wave of flood. The authority opened 128 relief camps for 41 thousand people in the flood-affected districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Majuli, Golaghat, Sonitpur, Cachar, Karimganj, Nagaon, Hojai, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang etc.

The flood water also submerged northern part of world famous Kaziranga National Park compelling many of its inmates to climb up to the Karbi hills on the south. Pabitora wildlife sanctuary, which is adjacent to Guwahati, also been inundated by swelling Brahmaputra river. The ferry services over the mighty river in places have been suspended for the time being as a precautionary measure.

Worried Sonowal also asked the State animal husbandry & veterinary department along with SDRF to undertake operations to rescue the marooned animals and provide fodder to cattle. At the same time, he directed the agriculture department to ensure supply of superior quality seeds to the farmers whose crops have been devastated by the flood.

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Nava Thakuria is a Guwahati (North East India) based journalist, who contributes to News Hour and various other media outlets. He writes over various socio-political and environmental issues of North East India along with Bangladesh, Burma, Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal. One of his areas of interest is also the media and its development.

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