Seven more die in Assam floods, 12 lakh affected

With five more deaths reported on Monday, the total number of human lives lost in the current floods has risen to 65. One person is missing so far in flood in the district.

The affected districts include Dhemaji, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Soputh Salmara, Golapara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat Majuli, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Karimganj, Cachar.

Almost 15 lakh people are affected at 26 districts in flood.

Kaziranga National Parks, home to the world’s largest Indian rhinoceros population, and Nameri, as well as Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were hit by rains.

In view of the ongoing flood situation in North East region, especially Assam, Ministry of Railways has offered all sorts of possible help to the affected State governments, according to a press release from Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway. Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal on Monday told deputy commissioners of flood-affected districts that the government would take disciplinary action against erring officials if any negligence or discrepancy were detected in distribution of relief materials to flood-affected people. Though the water-level of the Brahmaputra and most of its tributaries receded considerably on Sunday, a fresh embankment breach in Morigaon district in central Assam caused extensive damage late Saturday night, inundating over a dozen villages in the Lahorighat sub-division.

Sonowal also instructed the officials to take steps to prevent outbreak of diseases in the aftermath of the floods. Talking to the media, Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Barun Bhuyan said that an expert team from the State Water Resources department would visit North Lakhimpur on July 19 to find out a temporary preventive measure to channel out the flood water induced by NEEPCOs Ranganadi Hydro Electrical Plant.

Meanwhile, though the district administration has been claiming to have distributed sufficient relief material, there were reports from different flood hit areas regarding non receipt of adequate relief materials.