The flood situation in Assam was critical on Friday and 45.34 lakh people were in the grip of floods, officials said. He said the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers along with their tributaries were in spate, even as the flood waters started receding from some areas. He said the toll rose to 108 with seven deaths in the last 24 hours.
A district official said the situation in Silchar, which is considered the ‘Gateway to Barak Valley’, is worrying as most of the areas are still under water. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said it has expedited rescue and relief operations with additional resources deployed in the severely affected districts, especially Cachar where Silchar is located.
Eight teams of NDRF comprising 207 personnel were brought in from Itanagar and Bhubaneshwar, while a 120-member Army team was sent from Dimapur with nine boats for the operation in Silchar, officials said. In addition, two teams of CRPF and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were airlifted to Cachar, he said.
The state government has started a helpline – 0361-2237219, 9401044617 and 1079 for the status of the district. Officials said around 3 lakh people have been affected by the acute shortage of food, clean drinking water and medicines as almost the entire Silchar city is submerged in flood waters.
He said food packets, water bottles and other essentials were being dropped from Air Force helicopters. Three districts of the valley – Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj – were badly affected by the rising waters of Barak and Kushiyara. The most affected district is Barpeta where 10,32,561 people are affected, followed by Kamrup where 4,29,166 people have been affected.
The devastating floods caused by incessant rains have affected 103 revenue circles and 4,536 villages. It said that a total of 2,84,875 people have taken shelter in 759 relief camps across the state. The floods also damaged 173 roads and 20 bridges, while two embankments each broke in Baksa and Darang districts.
Altogether 10,0869.7 hectares of crop area has been flooded. Large-scale erosion has been reported in the districts of Baksa, Barpeta, Vishwanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang and Dhubri.
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