As many as 11 people have died in floods and landslides in the past 24 hours, Assam State Disaster Management Authority said on Monday, June 18. The flood situation in Assam has remained critical with nearly 42 lakh people in over 30 districts affected by it.
The toll in the ongoing flood and landslides in Assam crossed 70 on Monday, with the dead including two policemen. One of the officer in-charge of a police station in Nagaon district had gone to help marooned people but was swept away.
Villagers use a temporary bamboo bridge for their commute at a flood-affected village in Assam’s Nagaon district. (PTI Photo)
Nearly half of the 42 lakh people impacted by the Assam floods are from the four western districts- Barpeta, Baksa, Goalpara and Kamrup. Around twenty-one per cent of the total area in Barpeta is under flood.
In view of the grim situation in the state, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday. The home minister said that the government stands firmly with the people of Assam and Meghalaya, another state that is witnessing floods due to heavy rainfall.
Spoke to CM Assam Shri @himantabiswa and CM Meghalaya Shri @SangmaConrad to discuss the situation in parts of both states in the wake of heavy rainfall & flooding.
Modi government stands firmly with the people of Assam and Meghalaya in this hour of need.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 20, 2022
Amit Shah further said, “An Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) will visit the flood-affected areas of Assam and Meghalaya to assess the damages. After the earlier spell of floods, an IMCT visited the affected areas of Assam from 26 May to 29 May, 2022.”
CM HIMANTA BISWA SARMA REVIEWS SITUATION
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma directed air dropping of food and other relief materials in areas where there is heavy inundation.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, who held a virtual meeting with his ministers, senior state government officials and deputy commissioners, directed that top priority must be given to relief and rescue operations and there should be no delay citing procedural rules.
”Airdropping of relief materials must be done in areas where there is heavy flooding and army, NDRF or SDRF boats have not been able to reach”, he said.
Keeping in view the ground situation, issued instructions to provide immediate relief to the affected people. pic.twitter.com/LftnQz6qBQ
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 20, 2022
The chief minister said that for the next few days the district officials should not concern themselves with procedural rules but concentrate on providing relief to the affected people.
“If certain areas are not covered in the relief manual, we will ensure that they are covered under State Owned Priority Development schemes and CM’s Relief Fund,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
He directed deputy commissioners to keep ready static teams of the health department and ensure daily visits of doctors to relief camps set up for the flood affected. Ambulances should be kept on the standby to shift patients who are in serious condition to nearby hospitals.
ASSAM REELS UNDER DEVASTATING FLOODS
The state has been reeling under devastating floods for the past one week with 127 revenue circles and 5,137 villages affected in 33 districts, according to a bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
Nearly 1.90 lakh people have taken shelter in 744 relief camps. Relief materials have been distributed from 403 temporary centres to affected people who have not moved into the camps.
Villagers of a flood-affected village take shelter in a relief camp at Kampur in Nagaon district. (PTI Photo)
About 30,000 people have been evacuated so far by the NDRF, SDRF, police and other agencies, officials said.
According to the Central Water Commission bulletin, Kopili river is flowing above the high flood level at Kampur in Nagaon district, Brahmaputra at Nimatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri. Subansiri, Puthimari, Pagladia, Manas, Beki Barak and Kushiara rivers are flowing above their danger levels.
People wade through a waterlogged street to enter a government hospital at a flood-affected village in Kamrup district. (PTI Photo)
Flooding was reported from the urban areas of Barpeta, Cachar, Darrang, Goalpara, Kamrup (Metro), Karimganj, Nalbari and Udalguri, while landslides triggered by heavy rains have taken place at Cachar, Dima-Hasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kamrup (M) and Karimganj districts during the past 24 hours, the bulletin said.
In Kaziranga National Park (KNP) eight animals – seven hog deers and a leopard have died due to drowning and vehicle hit. Ten others, including eight hog deers and a python have been rescued by forest officials, KNP official said.
(With inputs from PTI)