Assam floods: 89 dead, 55 lakh people adversely affected

Seven more fatalities were reported from 5 of the 32 districts affected by the Assam floods on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 89, according to a bulletin from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

One each died in Darrang, Karimganj, Tamulpur, and Udalguri, while three people perished in the Kamrup district. According to the official statistics, three children were among the fatalities.

Karimganj and Cachar have been severely affected by the rising waters of the Barak and Kushiyara.

1.47 lakh people have been impacted in 454 villages in Karimganj, while 2.16 lakh people across 506 villages in Cachar are suffering, officials said.

Silchar had several areas that were flooded. 10,468 individuals were housed in 57 relief camps, and a total of 425 people were saved.

The most recent fatalities included one each from Darrang, Karimganj, Tamulpur, and Udalguri, 3 from Kamrup, and 3 from Darrang.

7 embankments were breached, and 316 roads, and 20 bridges were damaged by the floods, the ASDMA said.

Largescale erosion of river banks was reported from districts such as Baksa, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, and Hailakandi.

2,600 homes in nine districts have also been destroyed by the flood. 59,654 animals, or about 60,000, were lost in the floodwater.

Landslides were recorded from Hailakandi, Kamrup (Metropolitan), and Karimganj districts. Flooding and waterlogging in urban areas were reported in the districts of Cachar, Darrang, Goalpara, and Karimganj.

In the Morigaon district, nearly 2,000 persons whose homes were submerged by floodwater are taking shelter on National Highway-37, ANI reported.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, visited two flood relief camps in the Nalbari district on Tuesday to assess the situation. “Our government will soon launch a portal for the affected people to register their livestock loss and other damages caused by floods. A flood relief package too will be announced soon,” he said.

Other areas, like Barpeta, Nagaon, Darrang, and Bajali, among others, are still wracked by flooding. In the Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 42 of the 233 camps are currently underwater, and 8 animals are dead, reports The Indian Express.

Conrad Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, claimed on Tuesday that South Garo Hills was the area of the state most severely impacted by the floods. In a meeting with authorities at the Baghmara district headquarters, he went through the extent of the damage and the administrative reaction.