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Assam floods: 7 more dead, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma conducts aerial survey of Silchar MPNRC

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People use a banana raft to drive to a safe place in a flood-affected village in Nalbari district, Assam, Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Image: PTI)

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Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained grim as seven more people died due to the calamity on Thursday, taking the death toll to 108, while Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma conducted an aerial survey of the critically-affected Silchar city.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin, the total population affected by the current wave of floods, however, came down to 45.34 lakh in 30 districts from 54.50 lakh in 32 districts on Wednesday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Center is continuously monitoring the flood situation in Assam and is working closely with the state government to deal with this challenge.

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Army and NDRF teams are present in the flood affected areas. They are conducting evacuation operations and assisting the affected people. The Air Force has carried out over 250 flights as part of the evacuation process,” he said.

Seven new deaths – two each from Cachar and Barpeta and one each from Bajli, Dhubri and Tamulpur districts – were reported during the day, taking the total deaths since mid-May to 108.

The Brahmaputra and Barak rivers along with their tributaries are in spate in most of the affected districts as large tracts of land have been submerged, though the water has receded at some places.

After conducting an aerial survey, the Chief Minister reviewed the flood situation in the Barak Valley region and announced that additional troops would be sent to Silchar town to rescue those trapped there.

“NDRF, SDRF, Army and other agencies are carrying out rescue operations. But additional troops will arrive tomorrow to rescue the trapped people.

However, he did not specify how many columns would be deployed.

Sarma said that 30 packets of food, water bottles and other essential items were dropped by helicopters of the Indian Air Force on Thursday at various places in flood-hit Silchar and this would continue for the next few days.

He said more water bottles would be delivered from Guwahati to Silchar as clean drinking water supply is scarce and “we plan to spill one lakh bottles of drinking water per day”.

Power supply remained disrupted in many parts of the city but was restored in some areas while engineers from Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) will reach Silchar from Guwahati.

Sarma said, “But there is a danger in repairing the transformers submerged in water.

Ten more officers will join others on Friday to help the district administration in providing relief to the affected people. CM also instructed to prepare ward wise micro level plan for Silchar city with the help of local people and public representatives.

Three districts of the Barak Valley—Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj—were badly affected by the rising waters of the Barak and Kushiara rivers, while the city of Silchar was submerged due to a breach of an embankment.

However, the worst-affected districts are Barpeta, where 10,32,561 people have been affected by floods, followed by Kamrup (4,29,166), Nagaon (5,03,308) and Dhubri (3,99,945), as per the ASDMA bulletin. Is.

Urban flooding was reported from Cachar, Darang, Goalpara, Karimganj and Morigaon.

The devastating floods caused by incessant rains have affected 103 revenue circles and 4536 villages, while 2,84,875 people have taken shelter in 759 relief camps.

Relief materials were distributed from 636 delivery points among the flood affected people who did not take shelter in the relief camps.

The floods also damaged 173 roads and 20 bridges, while two embankments were breached and three were damaged in Baksa and Darrang districts.

In this second wave of floods, 100869.7 hectares of crop area and 33,77,518 animals have been affected while 84 animals were washed away during the day.

Large-scale erosion has also been reported from Baksa, Barpeta, Vishwanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Tamulpur and Udalguri.

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