Guwahati, August 12: What an unfortunate destiny Assam has! Engulfed again in the horrors of massive floods where around more than 3 Lakhs people got affected. Triggered by heavy rainfall, Assam witnessed heavy floods for the third time this year along with Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya.
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kikrajhar, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts were affected. The official from Assam State Disaster Management Authority said that “there have been incessant rains in the state for the last 24 hours and at least six rivers are in spate and flowing above danger levels.”
A total of 354,326 people have been affected in the 15 districts while close to 14,000 people have taken shelter in 45 relief camps opened by the authorities, the officials said. Floods have ravaged Assam since April, uprooting over 25 lakh people in 29 districts and leaving 76 people dead.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state on 1 August and announced a package of Rs 2,350 Crore for the entire northeast to deal with the flood situation. Earlier Manipur CM Biren Singh too took an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Manipur.