Villagers wade through a flooded area in Nagaon District of Assam

(IANS)

The death toll in Assam’s continuing pre-monsoon floods and landslides has risen to seven, officials said on Tuesday, with over two lakh people impacted in 24 districts.

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that two people died in southern Assam’s Cachar district during the past 24 hours while five had died earlier in landslides in the Dima Hasao and Lakhimpur districts.

Six persons have been reported missing in the Cachar district as a result of floods and landslides, according to officials. According to an unofficial report from the Cachar district, four individuals have been washed away in different rivers in the district, including a kid and two middle-aged men.

An ASDMA bulletin elaborates that at least 2,02,385 persons were affected, with roughly 6,540 buildings partially or completely destroyed in 811 villages throughout 24 districts.

While district administrations opened 27 disaster distribution centres, over 33,300 people sought refuge in the 72 relief camps.

The worst affected districts include Cachar, Dima Hasao, Hojai, Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Bajali, Baksa, Biswanath and Lakhimpur.

The situation in the hill section under the Dima-Hasao district of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) remained critical on Tuesday as the rain continued to batter the mountainous region, affecting the Lumding-Badarpur single line railway route.

The Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam is the only route to connect Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and the southern part of Assam with the rest of the country. This rail link has been cut off for the past four days causing a price rise in essential items.

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