Assam flood: 6 lakh affected, death toll rises to 9

More than 6 lakh people across 27 districts in Assam have been displaced as rains continue to batter the Northeast state.

The death toll rose to 9.

Landslides triggered by incessant rain have disrupted the rail and road links to Barak Valley and Dima Hasao district.

Nagaon is the worst-affected district where 2.88 lakh people have been affected. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said around 1.19 lakh people are affected in Cachar district followed by 1.07 lakh in Hojai, 60562 in Darrang, 27282 in Biswanath, and 19755 in Udalguri district.

Over 48,000 people have taken shelter in 135 relief camps in different districts of Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said efforts were on to restore connectivity to southern Assam, and that the government had air-dropped 4 metric tonnes of food in Dima Hasao.

“The rail link will take around 45 days to be restored, while road connectivity will be up and running in the next two-three days,” Sarma said.

The Chief Minister further informed that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore for Assam for flood relief measures.

On Wednesday, 8,054 persons were rescued by the Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, and the Fire and Emergency Services teams in various flood-hit districts.