Assam floods: Toll rises to 62

Eight more persons died due to floods and landslides in Assam on Saturday, taking the toll in the state to 62.

In all, 53 persons have died due to floods and nine due to landslides since the onset of the monsoon in the northeastern state.

Over 30 lakh persons in 32 districts have been affected by floods in Assam. More than 1.5 lakh persons have taken shelter in over 500 relief camps, the state disaster management authority said.

The Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level at many places in the state.

On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the floods. “Assured all possible support from the Centre,” Modi said. “I pray for the safety and well-being of the people of Assam affected by flooding.”

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Assam for June 19 and 20.