Sunday, August 14, 2022

Flood situation in Assam grim; death toll 30

The flood situation in Assam remained critical on Thursday with two more persons, including a child, losing their lives and over 5.61 lakh people still suf-fering in the deluge across seven districts, as per an official bulletin.
According to the daily report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person each died in Kampur and Raha of Nagaon district. With this, the total number of death toll in this year’s flood and landslides has reached 30.
ASDMA said more than 5,61,100 persons have been hit by the flood in Cachar, Dima Hasao, Hailakandi, Hojai, Karbi Anglong West, Morigaon and Nagaon districts. Nagaon is the worst hit with over 3.68 lakh people suffering, followed by Cachar with nearly 1.5 lakh persons and Morigaon with more than 41,000 people affected.
Rs. 324 cr released: Centre has released an advance of Rs 324 Crore from SDRF to the state. Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home minister Amit Shah for releasing the amount.
An Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) reached Guwahati on Thursday and interacted with the Revenue and Disaster Management Department and ASDMA officials for damage assessment of the flood and landslides in the state.
To accelerate an effective damage assessment, IMCT members will be divided into two groups for visiting the relevant affected districts, ASDMA said in a statement.
At present, 956 villages are under water and 47,139.12 hectares of crop area has been dam-aged across Assam, ASDMA said. The authorities are running 365 relief camps and distribu-tion centres in six districts, where 66,836 people, including 13,988 children, are taking shelter.
So far, 1,243.65 quintals of rice, dal and salt, 5,075.11 litres of mustard oil, 300 quintals of cattle feed and other flood relief items have been distributed. Massive erosions were reported from Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Nalbari, Sivasagar, South Salmara, Tinsukia and Udalguri districts.
Embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been damaged by flood waters in Cachar, Udalguri, Dhubri, Karimganj, Nagaon, Nalbari, Dima Hasao, Goalpara and Hojai, ASDMA said. A total of 1,88,698 domestic animals and poultry have been affected in the deluge across nine districts, ASDMA said.


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