Death toll rises to 18 as floods wreak havoc in Assam

The army has been pressed into service to rescue marooned people in Bongaigaon, Jorhat and Golaghat, in addition to the NDRF and SDRF personnel.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: July 28, 2016 9:18:44 pm
Villagers out side their submerged house in flood water in the flooded affected Rajabari village in Kamrup district of Assam on Thursday 28th July 2016.Almost 16 district of Assam is under flood water .Photo-DASARATH DEKA Villagers outside their submerged house in the flooded affected Rajabari village in Kamrup district of Assam on Thursday, 28 July 2016. (Source: Express photo by Dasarath Deka)

The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim, with the number of affected people rising to over 18 lakh on Thursday. With five more deaths reported during the day, the number of human lives lost stood at 18. The army has been pressed into service to rescue marooned people in Bongaigaon, Jorhat and Golaghat, in addition to the NDRF and SDRF personnel.

In Guwahati, the Brahmaputra that has been flowing above the danger level for the past three days, has caused extensive damage to the embankment near Khanamukh and Dharapur, with the LGBI Airport in the state capital coming under threat. In Majuli, the island constituency represented by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the Brahmaputra has washed away hundreds of houses after a major embankment was damaged on Wednesday morning.

Villagers by standing on boat collect water from a well in the flooded affected Rajabari village in Kamrup district of Assam on Thursday 28th July 2016.Almost 16 district of Assam is under flood water .Photo-DASARATH DEKA Villagers standing on boat collect water from a well in the flooded affected Rajabari village. (Source: Express photo by Dasarath Deka)

Jorhat, Golaghat, Darrang, Dhemaji, Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur, Goalpara, Sonitpur and Nagaon districts remained the worst-affected, farmers across 22 districts have incurred heavy loss in terms of standing crops as well as poultry and farm animals. A rough estimate made by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) put the number of affected animals – cattle, pig, buffalo and goats etc – at around 12 lakh, while death is staring at several lakh poultry birds across the districts.

Five deaths caused by the floods were reported during the day, with three occurring in Barpeta district in lower Assam. One death each occurred due to drowning in the floods in Dhemaji and Kokrajhar.

The Brahmaputra continued to wreak havoc by causing breaches to embankments in Golaghat, Barpeta, Dhubri, Biswanath, Goalpara and Nagaon districts. Floods have damaged roads and cut off communication in several districts. A number of wooden bridges have been also washed away.

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Sonowal visits flood-affected areas:

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday made an aerial survey of the flood situation in the state and visited affected villages in Majuli – his assembly constituency –, Lakhimpur and Jorhat. He also interacted with people rendered homeless by the floods and directed officials to leave no stone unturned in providing relief to the affected people.

While hundreds of houses were washed away by the floods after the Brahmaputra took away about 100 metres of a major embankment in Majuli island, over 10,000 people have been lodged in relief camps. Over 5,000 more are taking shelter on embankments and roads that have not been submerged.

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