Villages’ submerged, over 1 Lakh people reeling under the blanket of Assam floods
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-Jun-2017

Guwahati, June 29: North East has been affected very badly this year due to heavy rainfall. People along with their homes have been drowned in the floods. Over one lakh people in Assam are reeling under the impact of floods in eight districts, where the swirling flood waters have overrun 188 villages in 13 revenue circles.  

According to a report released by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Sonitpur districts have been affected by floods. The four major rivers of the state are still flowing above the danger level. 

Nearly 1.13 hectare of agricultural land, with standing crops, has been submerged by floods. Sonitpur district is the worst affected where 153 hectare area of farmland is under water, the report said. 

Dhansiri river in Golaghat district, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Barak river in Cachar and Karimganj districts, Katakhal in Hailakandi and Kushiara in Karimganj district have been flowing above the danger mark, it said. 

As many as 4,400 people have been displaced in Jorhat, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur and Cachar districts. They have taken shelter in six relief camps set up by the district administration, the report said.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that “The Home Ministry is constantly monitoring the heavy flood situations in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other states for necessary help.” 

Extreme rainfall and landslides have hit normal life in parts of Assam and Mizoram. Hundreds of houses have been reportedly washed away in flash floods and 12 people in the two states have reportedly died due to flooding. In a tragic incident, more than 400 houses have been submerged due to incessant rains throughout the Northeast. 8 people were reportedly killed and six others are missing in Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district in flash floods set off by heavy rains. 

Hundreds of houses went under water, the impact of which was severe due to water flowing down from the nearby hills. Knee-deep water flooded all major roads of the city and created havoc in traffic management. Commuters were stranded for hours due to water logging. Over 70 buildings are reported to have been submerged in the town and 84 families have reportedly been evacuated. Districts neighbouring Assam are reportedly the worst-hit as roads connecting the two states were cut off by the extreme rain.