Assam flood situation worsens: Over 7 lakh affected, six people dead

  • Digambar Patowary, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 02:40 IST

The flood situation in Assam further deteriorated on Friday as rains continued in most parts of the state and neigbouring hilly terrains of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Bhutan, triggering flash floods in the state.

In the recent floods, more than 7 lakh people across 19 districts of the state have been affected. Six people have died so far.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Assam chief minister on the flood situation and assured him of all possible assistance from the Centre.

Meanwhile, chief minister Tarun Gogoi reviewed the flood situation with state water resources minister Basanta Das and senior officials at his office in Guwahati on Friday.

Gogoi directed the revenue and disaster management department to take all possible steps to gear up relief and rescue operations.

Gogoi also asked the department to provide necessary food, medicine, drinking water and baby food to relief camp inmates.

Till Friday evening , 177 relief camps were in operation, sheltering two lakh people.

Three national parks of Kaziranga , Manas and Dibru Saikhowa have also been affected. As per the report of state flood bulletin, 179 anti-poaching camps in KNP came under flood on Friday morning.

In lower Assam districts, surging water all the tributaries of Brahmaputra river wreaked havoc

“High alert has been sounded in Kokrajhar , Bongaigaon and Goalpara district following met department’s prediction of more rains in the next 24 hours," said Nandita Hazarika , SPO of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

Landslides in many areas, meanwhile, jeopardized the road communication in the state.

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