India: Over 4 million people affected by floods in Assam
Over 4 million people in 26 of the 33 districts in the state are affected by the devastating floods. The Brahmaputra and eight other rivers in Assam are flowing above the danger level.
The worst hit districts in the state are Hojai, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Karbi Anglong.
According to the Assam disaster management body, 3,218 villages are under flood waters and standing crops in 1.31 lakh hectares have been ruined.
Over 49,000 people displaced by flood waters are at present taking shelter in 748 relief camps set up in the affected districts. Rescue workers evacuated 2,737 stranded people by boats on Thursday and took them to safety.
Personnel of the State and National Disaster Relief Force have been moving stranded people to safety. Rescue work is being carried out late into the night also.
Many roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged in floods and landslides across the state. Over 80 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park has been inundated and 66 wild animals including two rhinos have died, the forest department officials said.
Assam is battling the twin disasters of floods and coronavirus. The flood situation continues to deteriorate with the number of deaths going up to 71. Most of the rivers in the state are in spate, and the India Meteorological Department has forecast more rain in the coming days.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited localities in Dhemaji on Tuesday and reviewed the flood situation. He also took stock of the situation in Lakhimpur and his home constituency Majuli. Mr Sonowal has directed officials to expedite repair work of the embankments.