Assam, Bihar, M’laya hit by floods

Assam, Bihar, M’laya hit by floods
Local people construct an embankment with bamboo and sand bags which was breached by the swollen Brahmaputra River, at Monakuchi village in Hajo district of Assam, Thursday.
PATNA/GUWAHATI/SHILLONG, JUL 18 | Publish Date: 7/18/2019 11:40:14 AM IST

 Over 1 cr people affected; death toll shoots up to 122 

Over one crore people were left reeling under flood fury in Bihar and Assam on Thursday amid mounting death toll, as swollen rivers swamped vast swathes in villages and towns, officials said.

The death toll from floods shot up to 78 in Bihar, with 11 more casualties reported during the last 24 hours. Altogether 18 people have died in Sitamarhi district alone on the Indo-Nepal border.

The state is grappling with flash floods caused by torrential rain in Nepal over the last few days. Over 54 lakh people were hit in Assam where floods claimed nine more human lives, taking the number of those dead during the current spell of monsoon rage to 36.

More than 2.26 lakh displaced people were taking shelter in 1080 relief camps, with large areas of 28 of the state’s 33 districts affected.

The state administration is also running 689 relief distribution centres where essential items like food, potable water, baby food, medicines, mosquito repellants, sanitary napkins and fodder are being provided.

Of the nine deaths reported Thursday, three were from Morigaon, two in Biswanath, and one each from Sonitpur, Udalguri, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

Barpeta district was the worst hit with 13.48 lakh people facing the wrath of nature. Officials said over 4,000 houses were damaged across the state where rampaging waters swept away 130 animals, besides affecting many more, including 23 lakh poultry.

NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams were working round the clock to evacuate those marooned.

Several rivers, including the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries were in spate, including in the state capital Guwahati.

Large parts of Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Assam’s famed one-horned rhinoceros, continued to be under water.

Turbid waters of swollen rivers engulfed vast countryside in 12 districts of Bihar, where people could be seen gingerly trying to find their way to safety with bamboo sticks in hand.

In rural Darbhanga, village after village was marooned, many of them empty with the inhabitants having fled to the relative safety of relief camps.

While Sitamarhi accounted for 18 deaths, 14 people have died in Madhubani, 12 in Araria and nine each in Sheohar and Darbhanga. Seven lives were lost in Purnea, four in Kishanganj and three in Supaul.

Meghalaya flood toll rises to 8

With the death of two more persons on Thursday, the toll due to floods in Meghalaya rose to eight as more than 1.55 lakh people remain affected, officials said. DC South West Garo Hills District, Ram Kumar said a woman and a toddler lost their lives after being swept by flood waters.

While the elderly woman was drowned at Fakirpara, the infant lost his life in Daspara, both in the town of Mahendraganj, the deputy commissioner said. Garo Hills region is the worst affected by rising water levels in low-lying areas.

More than 1.55 lakh people have been affected with many still in relief camps. 

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