Assam: Flood worsens, nearly 9.3 lakh people hit; landslide in Guwahati

SDRF, district administrations, civil defence and Inland Water Transport departments have evacuated 9,303 people during the last 24 hours in five districts

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According to the ASDMA daily flood report, one person died at Jonai revenue circle of Dhemaji district and another at Udalguri revenue circle of Udalguri district due to flood. Photo: ANI/Twitter

The flood situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday (June 28) with two more persons losing their lives in the deluge, while a woman student was killed in a landslide near the Raj Bhawan in Guwahati, prompting the administration to ask people living in vulnerable areas to move to safer places,” officials said.

According to the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the floods have already affected nearly 9.3 lakh people in 23 districts.

According to the ASDMA daily flood report, one person died at Jonai revenue circle of Dhemaji district and another at Udalguri revenue circle of Udalguri district due to flood.

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With two more deaths, the fatalities due to flood this year has gone up to 18.

ASDMA said more than 9.26 lakh people have been affected due to floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong districts.

Barpeta has emerged as the worst-hit district with nearly 1.35 lakh people having been affected, followed by Dhemaji with almost one lakh people and Nalbari with more than 96,000 persons hit by this natural calamity.

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SDRF, district administrations, civil defence and Inland Water Transport departments have evacuated 9,303 people during the last 24 hours in five districts, the bulletin said.

Till Saturday, more than 4.6 lakh persons were affected due to the deluge across 21 districts.

At present, 2,071 villages are under water and 68,806.73 hectares of crop areas have been damaged, ASDMA said.

It further said authorities are running 193 relief camps and distribution centres across 12 districts, where 27,308 people have taken shelter.

The authorities have distributed a total of 1,206.32 quintals of rice, dal and salt, and 2,195.92 litres of mustard oil along with other relief materials such as tarpaulin, baby food, snacks, candle, match box, drinking water, milk, biscuit and mosquito coil.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara town in Goalpara and Dhubri town in Dhubri districts.

Its tributaries Burhi Dihing at Chenimari in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Kopili at Kampur in Nagaon, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Pagladiya at NT Road Crossing in Nalbari, Manas at NH Road Crossing at Barpeta, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta and Sankosh at Golakganj in Dhubri are flowing above the danger mark.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Udalguri, Kamrup, Dhubri, Majuli, Kokrajhar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Morigaon, Hojai, Sivasagar and West Karbi Anglong districts.

Massive erosions have been witnessed at different places of Biswanath district, ASDMA said.

ASDMA also said that a total of 92 camps out of 183 are affected due to flood at Kaziranga National Park.

The flood has also affected 15,27,832 domestic animals and poultry across the state, it added.

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Meanwhile, in Guwahati, the administration also closed down a hospital temporarily near the Raj Bhawan, the official said.

The Governors Residence located in Kharghuli area of the city, however, is safe, they added.

Another incident of landslide took place at Gita Nagar locality, but no casualty was reported from there.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called up Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured him of all help to the state.

Officials said the college student, who was also an accomplished dancer, was just outside her home when a huge chunk of landmass from the hill above came down and buried her under it, killing her instantly.

“Due to incessant rainfall for the last few days in Guwahati city, several incidents of landslides have occurred, leading to loss of lives and property. Moreover, there is every possibility of occurrence of more such landslide incidents in the coming days,” an official said.

The authorities of Kamrup Metropolitan district, which primarily comprises Guwahati city, ordered the closure of Borthakur Clinic and Hospital at Kharghuli and asked for shifting of its patients to nearby facilities immediately. The hospital is located near the Raj Bhawan.

(With inputs from agencies)

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