The Army was deployed in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened, affecting nearly 14 lakh people across in 21 districts on Saturday. The death toll due to rain and flood-related incidents rose to seven.
The Army’s assistance was sought in Baksa district to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force in rescuing marooned people, news agency PTI reported.
The part of Brahmaputra river which flows through the state capital is flowing above danger mark due to incessant rain in the region. Water level has increased and entered the Chakreshwar temple in Kalipur, as per ANI reports.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said he has apprised Union Home Minister Amit Shah of the prevailing situation in his state and the measures taken by his government. Shah has also assured all possible help from the Centre, Sonowal said in his tweet.
Held a discussion with Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah ji over phone this morning. Apprised him of the prevailing flood situation in Assam and measures taken by the state govt.
The Hon’ble Minister assured all possible support from the Centre to deal with the situation.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 13, 2019
As many as 1,556 villages across Dhemaji, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivsagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia districts have been hit by the deluge.
As many as 68 relief camps and distribution centres in 11 districts are being run by authorities where 7,643 people are currently taking shelter. Nearly 3.5 lakh people have been reeling under the impact of the flood in Barpeta district, which is the worst-affected in the state, closely followed by Dhemaji where 1.2 lakh people have been hit.
The deluge has forced the Railways to control train services due to “settlement of tracks” in Lumding-Badarpur hill section, Northeast Frontier Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma was quoted saying by PTI.
Heavy rains have affected the train tracks between Jatinga Lumpur to New Harangajao station in Lumding-Badarpur hill section of the NF Railway, he added.
Meanwhile, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino, Kaziranga National Park has also been affected forcing the authorities to set up road barricades on the National Highway passing through it to limit the speed of vehicles.
In a video conference Thursday with deputy commissioners of affected districts and senior officials of different government departments to review the flood situation, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed them to remain fully alert and be prepared to tackle the situation promptly and effectively.
Officials said that the Chief Minister also directed the deputy commissioners to set up a round-the-clock control room to ensure people in distress get an immediate response when faced with an emergency situation during floods.
He also reviewed the status of relief camps, distribution of relief material to marooned people and measures adopted for safety and security of animals in the flood-affected districts, an official spokesperson said.