Half a million people affected as heavy rains continue to lash Northeast
Road and rail links were disrupted, villages washed away and thousands sent to relief camps in Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura due to floods and landslides arising out of incessant rains.Updated: Jun 16, 2018, 08:18 IST
Heavy rainfall lashed several states in the northeast for the fourth consecutive day on Friday, disrupting normal life and affecting over half a million people.
Road and rail links were disrupted, and thousands were sent to relief camps after their houses were destroyed due to inclement weather.
The number of affected villages in seven districts of Assam — Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar — increased from 370 on June 14 to 668 the following day. However, no loss of life has been reported in the past 24 hours.
Sources said as many as 3.86 lakh people have been hit by floods in the state, and over 67,000 of the displaced accorded shelter in 178 relief camps.
Nearly 1,500 houses have been partially or completely damaged, and a total crop area of 1,912 hectares has been destroyed.
Rescue teams evacuated over 500 villages even as Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Kopili, Barak, Katakhat and Kushiyara rivers crossed the danger mark at seven places.
According to the Northeast Frontier Railway, 13 trains in the region have been cancelled, partially cancelled or short-terminated due to inclement weather.
The situation remained grim in Manipur even as flood waters submerged habitations across five districts of Imphal Valley. One more flood-related death was reported in the state on Friday, taking the total toll to six.
Relief and rescue operations are on, and security personnel are helping the disaster response force repair the breached Imphal river bank at the Chajing-Karam and Mayang Imphal areas.
Six of the 16 districts in the state have been affected by floods. Over 1.5 lakh people across 150 villages have been hit, and as many as 15,100 displaced residents have taken shelter in 101 relief camps.
In Tripura, 8,890 families — comprising 38,116 people — have been accommodated in 173 camps, a state emergency control centre report said on Friday. Three deaths have been recorded since June 11.
Meanwhile, at least 1,066 families in Mizoram have been evacuated to safer places due to the floods, state agencies said on Friday. They identified Tlabung town in Lunglei district and surrounding villages such as Lamthai, Tipperaghat and Serhuan as the worst-hit places across the region.
As many as 700 families were shifted to safer places after their homes were inundated by the overflowing Chhimtuipui river along the Mizoram-Bangladesh border, they added.
(With agency inputs)