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Assam Flood Crisis Worsens, Death Toll At 24, Over 13 Lakh Affected

Guwahati: Whilst Assam is preventing an all-out warfare in opposition to COVID-19, the deteriorating flood scenario, triggered by heavy rains, claimed 4 extra lives taking the dying toll to 24 whereas affecting over 13 lakh folks in 25 of the state’s 33 districts, officers mentioned in Guwahati on Monday.

Officers of the Assam State Catastrophe Administration Authority (ASDMA) mentioned that within the present wave of floods since early final week, 9 individuals have up to now died in Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts taking the overall dying toll to 24 within the floods and 23 extra folks have been killed in separate landslides since Could 22.

In response to the officers of assorted authorities, there have been incessant heavy monsoon showers throughout the northeast area together with Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh inflicting most rivers together with the mighty Brahmaputra to move above hazard ranges in lots of locations and inundating recent areas day-after-day.

An official of the ASDMA mentioned that the flood-hit districts are — Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Hojai, West Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia.

Quoting studies of assorted districts, the officers mentioned: “Over 13.17 lakh people in 2,404 villages affected by the floods and over 83,168 hectares of crop areas were badly affected due to the floods. Around 27,452 people took shelter in 273 relief camps.”

The Nationwide Catastrophe Response Power, Assam State Catastrophe Response Power personnel, together with native administration, are constantly working to rescue the affected folks and rendering reduction companies, together with distribution of reduction materials to the marooned villagers.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has additionally directed Deputy Commissioners of all of the affected districts to deal with the wants of the flood-hit folks urgently whereas adhering to COVID-19 security protocols.

Union House Minister Amit Shah on Sunday mentioned the Assam flood scenario with Sonowal over the telephone and guaranteed every kind of central authorities’s assist to the state to cope with the scenario. In the meantime, the heavy monsoon rains affected regular life in most components of the northeastern states.

The rainwater has inundated huge low mendacity areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram. With India Meteorological Division predicting extra rains within the subsequent few days, Assam and different northeastern states might need to face harder days with worsening flood scenario together with COVID-19 surge.

The state authorities has clamped a 14-day whole lockdown in Kamrup (Metro) district, through which Guwahati, the state’s predominant metropolis and industrial hub falls, from Monday midnight. Moreover, every day evening curfew and full lockdown on Saturday and Sunday in all the state was additionally promulgated to stop the group transmission of coronavirus.

(IANS)

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