Thursday, February 22, 2024

Assam flood: Nearly 2 lakh people affected, 7 died

Haflong station in the Dima Hasao district of Assam has been completely inundated due to heavy rains and mudslide. This has impacted train services that come under this section of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).

Around 2 lakh people in 20 districts of Assam have been affected by floods and at least seven people have died across the state due to the floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains.

Around 65 relief camps have been set up in the affected districts to help the citizens.

A government bulletin said that the Dima Hasao district has been completely cut off due to landslides and a breakdown of communication channels, adding that all roads and railways leading to Haflong have been blocked since 15 May.

Disaster management officials said Cachar and Hojai districts are the worst-hit.

Visuals show the roads and bridges completed or partially damaged in several areas.

Video shared on social media showed an old bridge crumbling and being washed away by a raging swell of floodwaters in the Dima Hasao district.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and the Fire and Emergency Services have been carrying out rescue operations in the flood-hit areas.

Haflong station in the Dima Hasao district of Assam has been completely inundated due to heavy rains and mudslide. This has impacted train services that come under this section of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).  

“Around 18 trains have been cancelled as work for the restoration of the damaged railway tracks is underway despite heavy rains,” the Indian Railways officials said.

The Railways officials said they rescued about 2,800 passengers of the two trains, which were stranded along the Lumding- Badarpur section in Dima Hasao district for the last two days with the help of the Air Force.

The weather office has forecast heavy to very heavy downpour in Assam over the next three days.

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