Situation in Assam remains grim

Morigaon Wild buffaloes marooned at the inundated Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigaon district of Assam
Morigaon Wild buffaloes marooned at the inundated Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigaon district of Assam
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18 August, 2017

The flood situation in Assam remained very critical today as 10 more people lost their lives while 31.55 lakh are still affected in 24 districts of the state.

Floods claimed 17 more lives in six northern districts of West Bengal, even as the overall situation improved on Thursday, officials said.

Arunachal Pradesh is facing massive landslide due to heavy rain Parts of Anjaw, East Siang, Namsai, Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Siang districts were affected.

Assam is hit by the flood wave for the second time this year.

A railway bridge between Maniyan and Kuretha was damaged by floods today morning, disrupting train communication between Katihar in Bihar and Kumedpur in West Bengal.

The Assam chief minister urged him to take measures for the safety and security of the traders from the state and protect their businesses from being vandalized, an official release said.

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government has accorded top priority to the relief material distribution and the district administrations have been pressed into service to meet the requirements.

The situation is so grim in the affected regions that it had rendered lakhs of people homeless and has forced them to land up in relief camps. He added that 2.74 lakh people were shifted to safer places and of them, 1.16 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps.

Rail connectivity in flood-hit areas in Bihar and West Bengal has been affected too.

He would also ask the Prime Minister for the inter-ministerial team's help in assessing the breaches caused on embankments and thereby repairing and strengthening them to enable them to be used as dyke cum roads.

The affected areas included Phulbari, Rajabala, Singimari, Paham, Bhaitbari, Silkata, Bholarbhita, Haripur Haribhanga, and Namabila, an official said. "We have to rescue the people first and only after that we will start evaluating the magnitude of damage due to the floods".

Assam had been witnessing severe flooding in the past few days. The floodwater has also inundated railways tracks, leading to cancellation, diversion and short termination of train services in Assam.


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