The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim on Monday with the Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries continuing to overflow in different districts, taking the total number of affected people to over 8.33 lakh, with the death toll rising to 13. The Brahmputra also crossed the danger mark in Guwahati.
While the floods have affected 14 of the state’s 32 districts, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji remained the worst affected. Official sources said that of the 1.60 lakh people lodged in 164 relief camps in these districts, the highest – over 73,000 –was in Dhubri district as on Monday.
Floods have also caused major damage to standing crops, cattle, other farm animals and poultry, while embankments, other flood-control infrastructure, roads and bridges have been also damaged in different districts. In Kokrajhar, floods have uprooted electricity poles, causing major disruption to power supply in the districts since Sunday.
Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday sought an interim relief of Rs 500 crores from the Centre for repair an rehabilitation works in the flood-affected districts. “Though a final assessment will be possible only when the floods recede, we want an immediate sum of Rs 500 crore from the Centre,” Gogoi said.
He said that the state government had adequate funds for carrying out immediate relief operations, but central assistance was required to carry out repair of infrastructure damaged by the floods.