Source: News Bharati English01 Aug 2016 10:31:30

Guwahati, August 1: Incessant rains in Assam that triggered flood situations took lives of at least 31 and affected nearly 17 lakh people across the State. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the floods claimed two lives at Bokakhat in Golaghat district, taking the death toll in the current wave of flood to 31. Nearly 17 lakh people in 2,266 villages of 21 districts are still affected.The affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Nagaon, Kamrup, South Kamrup and Karbi Anglong. Morigaon is the worst affected district with nearly 3.5 lakh people hit, followed by Darrang and Goalpara where around 1.4 lakh and 1.38 lakh people are affected respectively, it said.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, and Goalpara and Dhubri towns, while its tributaries Dhansiri crossed the danger mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, it said.

Authorities are running 463 relief camps and distribution centres, where almost 1.5 lakh people are sheltered in the districts. Nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of crop area are still submerged and a number of roads, embankments, bridges and other infrastructure have been washed away, the ASDMA report said.

The rescue operations by the NDRF are underway. In Bihar, around 25 lakh people have been affected by floods across 10 districts; Purnia, Kishanganj, Araria, Darbhanga, Madhepura, Bhagalpur, Katihar, Saharsa, Supaul and Gopalganj. After an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Assam, and meeting the victims in Morigaon district, Rajnath Singh said, "The situation is grim".

"No efforts are being spared (to help) and the people are satisfied with government's response,' he said. "Declaring floods as a national calamity is not a solution to the problem. There is a need for a action plan to deal with such serious flood situation," he said.  

The army tweeted, saying, "Nine army columns deployed for floor relief in Assam & Bihar. 2000+ rescued. Brahmaputra breach being plugged." Over ten thousand people have been rescued from flood-affected parts of the country, including Assam and Bihar, the NDRF today said. "Fourty-four self-contained flood rescue teams of NDRF have been pre-positioned to assist the respective state administrations in rescue and relief work. 12 flood rescue teams are relentlessly engaged in relief and rescue work in Assam," the central disaster response force said.