The embankment of Begur lake was destroyed leading to flooding in areas downstream, officials said. Bengaluru Mayor G Padmavathi, who toured the rain affected areas, was flooded with complaints.
The annual flooding of the basins of rivers like the Brahmaputra is difficult to prevent. Not so the increasingly common deluges in India’s biggest cities — manmade disasters only exacerbated by unusual rainfall.
CPI-M MP Ritabrata Banerjee claimed “thousands and thousands” of people in the districts of Cooch Behar, North and South Dinajpur and Malda had been rendered homeless due to the “devastating” calamity and their suffering was increasing every day.
According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person each died in Biswanath, Darrang, Kamrup and Morigaon districts in flood-related incidents.
NF Railway has borne the brunt of flood fury and many locations in its network still remain breached in Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria districts of Bihar. However, restoration work is going on on war footing in all locations,” N-F Railway CPRO P J Sharma said in a press release in Guwahati on Saturday.
A financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each would be given to their families. Eight persons have died due to floods in Bahraich over the past three days.
The toll in the flood rose to 72 in Bihar, where 73.44 lakh people have been hit by inundation in 14 districts triggered by incessant rains in Nepal and some districts in the northern part of the state.
Continuous downpour in many parts of the country has paralyzed the lives of more than a million people. The state and central government are taking up relief efforts to control the situation. Indian army has also been deployed in many places.
Last year, even a committee appointed by the Water Resources Ministry, to suggest structural and institutional reforms in water management, had argued against interlinking, raising questions on a number of grounds including its cost effectiveness.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited State Emergency Operation Centre in Gandhinagar and took stock of the situation. “Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli, Junagadh and Gir Somnath in Saurashtra have received heavy rains in the last 24 hours,” Rupani said after a review meeting.
Jammu-Kashmir flash flood: The flash flood inundated vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped. Six persons, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris.
Official reports on Sunday here said one person had died in Nilambazar in Karimganj district in southern Assam, while at least 18,000 people have been shifted to temporary relief camps in different districts.
The flood has affected over 740 villages in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Darrang, Hojai, Majuli, Barpeta and Nagaon districts of the state. The flood waters in Karimganj district have submerged over 200 villages affecting over two lakh people.
A report submitted by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that more than 82,500 people were affected by floods in Lakhimpur, Darrang, Udalguri and Karimganj districts.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called an emergency meeting of concerned officials to identify corrective measures to tackle the growing urban flood menace in Guwahati.