With water levels rising at an alarming rate in the major rivers and people losing their lives, the flood situation in Assam is worsening each day, with incessant rains triggering landslides and mudslides in many regions across the state.
According to officials, the death toll has risen to 46, and in many areas, water levels in the Brahmaputra, Manas and Gauranga rivers were flowing above the danger level. Until now, at least 11 lakh people across 25 districts have been affected by the downpours, and the newly formed Balaji district is affected the worst.
What Is Happening In Assam?
As per a report by India.com, at least 18 districts are experiencing heavy rains, with the inundation of new areas reported from Kamrup, Nalbari and Barpeta districts. The administrations of flood-affected districts have issued alerts, urging people not to go out of their homes unless it is urgent or there is a medical emergency.
Around 19782.80 hectares of cropland have been submerged in the flood-affected districts, and according to state government data, approximately 1,510 villages are currently submerged.
Many areas in the capital city of Guwahati have come to a standstill because of waterlogging for the third day in a row. Landslides have also been reported in the city, with three people injured in Ajantanagar in the Noonmati area.
A portion of a bridge on Wednesday, June 15, in the Subankhata area of the Baska district collapsed due to heavy rainfall and the rising water level of the Dihing River. According to an official, at least six trains have been cancelled, and four are partially cancelled due to waterlogging on the tracks.
Monetary Support From Bollywood Actors
As per a report by The Print, Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor and director Rohit Shetty have contributed Rs 5 lakhs to the CM Relief Fund for the flood-affected people in the state. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on Thursday, June 16, thanking them for their act of generosity.
States Affected Other Than Assam
The floods and heavy rainfall have also affected the states of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
In Meghalaya, at least five people have died due to landslides, lightning and floods. The state government has formed four committees to look into four state regions, and a cabinet minister heads each committee. After parts of the National Highway 6 were caved in and washed away by the floods, the highway is now closed for traffic.
Both Assam and Meghalaya received 272 mm excess rainfall than average till Wednesday. The weather department extended the red alert in the two states until this weekend.
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