16 killed as flood situation worsens in NE

16 killed as flood situation worsens in NE
Flood-affected villagers commute to safer places near Kaziranga National park on Saturday.
GUWAHATI, JUL 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/13/2019 10:58:36 AM IST

 Over 14 L people affected in Assam, Trains Cancelled

At least 16 people were reported dead in floods and landslides across the Northeast as large swathes of the region continued to receive torrential rainfall on Saturday.

The flood situation in Assam continued to deteriorate with one more person losing his life, taking the toll to seven, as over 14 lakh people were affected by the deluge across 25 districts of the state. While two deaths were reported from Arunachal Pradesh, five persons died in Meghalaya and two passed away in Mizoram.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Union Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him about the latest flood situation in the state. Sonowal said 24x7 flood control rooms have been activated across the districts and that he is monitoring the situation personally.

Meanwhile, Shah assured all help from the Centre and asked the Assam government to ensure all-out efforts to provide relief to the flood-affected.

The Army was also called in to assist in rescue and relief operation.

Officials said the Army’s assistance was sought in Baksa district to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force in rescuing marooned people. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person was killed at Sissibargaon in Dhemaji district. With this, the total number of persons who lost their lives in flood-related incidents in the state this year has gone up to seven.

Over 14.06 lakh persons have been affected by the floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cacha and West Karbi Anglong districts, the ASDMA said. Barpeta is the worst hit with 5.22 lakh people suffering, followed by Dhemaji (1.38 lakh people) and Morigaon (nearly 95,000 persons).

The NDRF and SDRF have rescued 848 persons in the last 24 hours across the state, while 4,476.74 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 7,907.11 litres of mustard oil have been distributed along with tarpaulin, water pouches and other essential items.

The ASDMA report said at present, 2,168 villages are under water and 51,752 hectares of crop areas have been damaged. It said authorities are running 234 relief camps and distribution centres in 21 districts where 20,047 people have taken shelter.

Trains cancelled: Heavy rains have also damaged train tracks in Lumding-Badarpur hill section under the Lumding Division of Northeast Frontier Railway, prompting the authorities to cancel a number of trains in the area.

“The repair work has already started on a war footing and senior railway officers are camping at the site, monitoring the restoration work. But, heavy rain is continuing in the area, making the soil loose. It is expected that the restoration work will be completed by July 16 if the weather condition does not deteriorate further,” NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sarma said.

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