Assam Floods: At Least 46 Dead, Over 2000 Villages Still Under Water

6 Sep 2015 8:06 AM GMT
Assam Floods: At Least 46 Dead, Over 2000 Villages Still Under Water
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Assam floods have led to a havoc on the lives of people, with death toll rising to 46 as five people have lost their lives in the last 24 hours. Series of floods in Assam in three months have made survival difficult, and the Brahmaputra valley hits an alarming scale of destruction across the state. In such a situation, water borne diseases are on a rise; whereas the main livelihood of rural Assam, farming and fisheries is severely affected.

Nearly 1.76 lakh hectares of agriculture land is submerged in flood waters. Similar is the fate of villages in Barpeta district, where 352 villages are submerged completely in flood waters. In one village of Barpeta district named Naguchipathar, people moved to higher ground by using rafts that they made of banana plant trunks.

In total over 13 lakh people are affected by the fury of floods in around 20 districts according to state disaster management authority. According to a statement by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) 2,199 villages are affected by floods. About 2.66 lakh people are taking shelter in the 385 relief camps, while National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force(SDRF) are carrying our relief operations. In Morigaon and Nagaon districts, around 10 thousand people were evacuated on Friday and 100 motor-boats and hundreds of other boats are into service to rescue the people. Amidst the relief operations the conditions are improving in Upper Assam. According to Assam Chief Minister the Government had promised to release 414 crore rupees for the relief fund although till now 207 crore rupees have been released.

Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Morigaon, Barpeta, Sonitpur and Darrang districts of Assam are worst affected by floods. While Dibrugarh district has the highest number of 149 camps where 91,750 people are housing. While the Meteorological Department has predicted more rains to come in the following days, which may make situations even difficult for people in Assam to tackle the floods.

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