Monday, May 23: Six more individuals succumbed to floods in Assam on Sunday, May 23, taking its overall death toll to 24. The situation across the northeastern state, however, has seen a marginal improvement over the weekend.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials, the new deaths on Sunday were reported from Nagaon (4), Cachar and Hojai districts. And of the 24 total deaths, 19 occurred due to floods and five lost their lives in different landslide events.
Further, more than 7.19 lakh people have been affected in 2,095 villages from 22 of the state’s 34 districts. Of these 7,19,425, some 1,41,050 happen to be children.
On a district level, some 3,45,838 individuals have been impacted in the Nagaon district alone, followed by 2,29,275 people in Cachar, 58,393 in Hojai, 38,538 in Morigaon, 28,001 in Darrang district and 16,382 in Karimganj district.
The floods have also caused damage to over 95,473 hectares of crops.
Rescue and relief operations continue
Meanwhile, the Army, the National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response Force, the Assam Rifles and the district administrations continue to work round the clock to rescue stranded people and provide relief to the marooned groups.
Thus far, a total of 24,749 stranded people have been evacuated with the help of disaster response forces and volunteers. In all, 269 relief camps and 152 relief distribution centres have been opened in all the affected areas, with the former housing close to 91,518 people at present.
Several Ministers, including Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Jogen Mohan, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta, Water Resources Minister Pijush Hazarika, and Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, are camping in the flood-ravaged areas to supervise the rescue and relief operations.
The UNICEF has also deployed 7 teams of technical specialists and consultants to support the DDMAs of Cachar, Hojai, Darrang, Biswanath, Nagaon, Morigaon and Dima Hasao in monitoring the flood relief camps in accordance with the relief camp management SOPs, assessing ground situation and needs, and supporting relevant stakeholders in strengthening the response activities.
Up to 2,000 litres of diesel and 12 megatonnes (MT) of food items have also been transported via air from Jorhat to three remote places Laisong, Khepre and Mazidisa of the Dima Hasao district on Sunday, the ASDMA release added.
The situation in the hill section of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in the Dima Hasao district remained serious on Sunday, as intermittent rain continued to batter the area. The Lumding-Badarpur single line railway route, which connects Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and the southern part of Assam to the rest of the country, remains affected.
According to NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Sabyasachi De, train services in the Lumding Division have either been cancelled or partially cancelled and short terminated or short originated.
Forecast for the week
The rainfall activity across Northeast India went down in terms of intensity on Sunday, effectively bringing some much-needed respite, especially in the flood-affected areas.
For Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted fairly widespread to widespread showers of light to moderate intensity across Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, with the latter two also likely to experience isolated heavy rains.
However, the overall rainfall intensity across the region is expected to decrease even further on Tuesday.
(With inputs from IANS)
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