Assam floods: Situation grim, Army deployed for rescue ops, IAF on standby

The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited Tinsukia district on Saturday and took stock of the flood situation. In past 24 hours, parts of these states are facing extreme flash floods and the situation has turned extremely grim.

Modi on Sunday spoke to Assam CM over telephone and enquired about the scale of devastation caused by floods in the state.

An Assam State Disaster Management Authority report said 3.55 lakh people in 781 villages of 15 districts of the north eastern state were hit by the deluge caused by incessant rains in the upper reaches of Brahmaputra river.

According to army based on a call for help from the civil administration people, the Division launched multiple teams in areas of Bodoland and Karbi Anglong Districts of Assam. The worst affected are Chirang, Kokrajhar and Dhemaji, Bongaigaon in lower Assam, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, and Dibrugarh in upper Assam. The Disaster Management Authority of Assam reportedly said that over 63 thousand people have taken refuge in 268 relief camps in the state as over 1,750 villages are trapped. Other rivers like Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Gaurang at Kokrajhar town and Sankosh at Golokganj in Dhubri are also flowing above danger marks, it added.

Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are now engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of the State.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is conducting rescue operations across the state.

In Arunachal Pradesh's Itanagar, a large part of the National Highway 415 has caved.

According to NFR, " The situation aggravated on Saturday night when rain water submerged tracks near Dalkhola, Barsoi, Sudhani stations and the main line connecting Northeast India with rest of the country being blocked with water under a bridge near Kishanganj station flowing over danger level. In North Bengal, all trains are running late due to continuous rainfall.

Rains in Bhutan have also fed the rivers of the state.

Vanessa Coleman