Incessant rains disrupts normal life across 7 districts of Assam; over 1.12 lakh people affected
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 10-Jul-2016

Guwahati, July 10: Incessant rains have created havoc in Assam and Madhya Pradesh paralyzing normal life across the states. Over 1.12 lakh have been affected in seven districts of Assam leaving at least two dead. A total of 112,307 people in 213 villages of Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Golaghat, Morigaon, Biswanath, Barpeta and Jorhat districts were marooned by flood till late Friday, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority official said.Assam State Disaster Management Authority said over 1.05 lakh people are reeling under the flood in 138 villages in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta and Jorhat districts. Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat, Dhubri town, and at Numaligarh in Golaghat. Authorities are operating eight relief camps and distribution centres in two districts. The situation may get worse in the coming days as the State meteorological department has predicted more rain for Assam and other Northeastern States.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the flood situation in the State and asked the officials of the concerned departments to gear up relief operations on a war footing. The Chief Minister asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to keep sufficient stock of medicine to keep at bay water borne diseases and directed the Public Health Engineering Department to provide pure drinking water in the flood affected areas.

Sonowal also asked the Chief Secretary to convey to the Deputy Commissioners on the need to keep sufficient number of country boats ready to press them into service during rescue operations.  He also asked the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department to keep sufficient stock of fodder for the livestock and to provide fodder in the affected areas.

According to the government, 6,978.63 hectares of land with standing crops have been affected by flood in the State. The Brahmaputra river was flowing above the danger level at Neematighat (Jorhat district) and in Dhubri district. "These rains were unprecedented, today is the third day of rescue ops," Madhu Tiwari, Commandant, Home Guard, was quoted as saying by ANI on Friday.

In Assam, the army has been pressed into service on Friday to rescue flood hit people in Jorhat district. Official sources said that army along with State Disaster Response Force rescued 1 evacuated 1,000 people. While situation in Lakhimpur slightly improved on Friday more than 48 thousand people affected in Jorhat due to breach of embankment in Bhogdoi river.  More than a thousand people have taken shelter at 7 relief camps. The rescue and relief measures have been taken in Jorhat and Guwahati.

In Madhya Pradesh, Rains lashed several areas including capital Bhopal and many parts of the state have been inundated.  Helicopters are carrying out relief material to the flood-hit people in Rewa and Satna districts. Army was helping them in relief operation.  

Around 1,200 people affected by flood were staying in five camps, including four put up in Satna. Bhopal, Narsinghpur, Vidisha and Betul too are expected to receive heavy rain in the next 24 hours. Chief Minister MP, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that administration is doing all out efforts to provide all help to the flood victims.

On 7th July the Madhya Pradesh government requested IAF for help when few local youths were stuck in the swelling Tamas river and were clinging to a tree in the middle of raging river.  The IAF Central Air Command readily responded to the call and launched an ALH helicopter to the rescue of the marooned youth. The mission demanded high skill and flying accuracy as the hover had to be established very high from the ground so that the people clinging onto the tree for their life do not come under the effect of rotor downwash.
The pilot Wg Cdr Nand Kumar Bala who also happen to be the Commanding Officer of the No. 111 Helicopter Unit brought in all his skill and experience to execute the mission precisely and winched the youth to safety one by one. In this mission he was assisted by his Co-pilot Flt Lt Vishnu and Flight Gunner JWO Shukla.