July 24, 2016 5:15:27 am
Two people were reportedly killed as the flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim on Saturday as the Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries inundated more villages in the last 24 hours.
Authorities have moved over 15,000 more people to relief camps in the Assam and the neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, which has been hit by the floods too. In Assam, over 5 lakh people spread across eight districts are stated to be affected by the flood.
The Brahmaputra was flowing over the danger level throughout its 890-km length in Assam. Its tributaries Dhansiri, Jia-Bharali, Puthimari, Beki and Sankosh too were flowing above the danger level, inundating villages and crop.
Over 10,000 people were moved to relief camps in the eight districts of Assam Saturday, taking the number of inmates in 70 relief camps to about 22,000.
Two persons have been reportedly killed in the floods, one in Lakhimpur and the other in Morigaon district. The total crop area affected has been estimated at 46,680 hectare.
The situation was reportedly the worst in Jorhat district, with the authorities putting the total population affected at over 88,000. Majuli, the island sub-division in the district, remained cut off from the rest of the state with ferry services on the Brahmaputra suspended due to the high water level. The island sub-division is represented by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the Assembly.
In neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, heavy rain over the past few days has left several districts flooded, while landslides have cut off road links to many districts. The Army was out in Namsai district to rescue marooned people late on Friday night. While Noa-Dehing river has washed away many villages in Diyun circle of Namsai district in eastern Arunachal, several villages have been affected in the adjoining Lohit district. Over 100 families have been shifted to safer places in Diyun circle after their houses were washed away.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who is currently in New Delhi, Saturday asked officials and legislators of the affected districts to give top priority to rescue and provide relief to the affected people.
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