With the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger mark in different districts of Assam, the state is witnessing one of the worst floods in the last 15 years. The death toll now stands at 41 in the second wave of floods this year.
At least five people have died in the flood in the last 24 hours alone.
The flood has affected around 18 lakh people in the state and over 2.26 lakh of them are in relief camps. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two persons died at Mayong and Laharighat in Morigaon district, while another two died at Lakhipur in Goalpara. One person lost his life at Barkhetri in Nalbari district on Sunday. The ASDMA further said that five people were washed away in floods late in August.
The situation in Assam continues to remain grim with 1,880 villages across the state under water. Dhubri district is worst-hit with nearly 4.5 lakh people affected.
The other affected villages are in districts of Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Nagaon, Dhubri, Kamrup Metropolitan and Goalpara. Floods have also caused major damage to standing crops, cattle, other farm animals, and poultry. Embankments, other flood-control infrastructure, roads, and bridges have been also damaged in different districts.
The Assam government has opened 277 relief camps across the state.
The camps are set up in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Cachar, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Dibrugarh, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri. As said by ASDMA, there seems to be no let up in the situation. The river Brahmaputra has flooded Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Guwahati, Goalpara town and Dhubri town.
Smaller rivers such as Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta and Kushiyara at Karimganj town are also flowing above the danger mark.
Meanwhile, Assam state minister Tarun Gogoi has sought Rs. 650 crores from the Centre as interim flood relief. He had earlier demanded Rs.500 crores.
But release of funds has become a political matter especially after the Congress accused the Centre of ignoring Assam
and not releasing funds under the NDRF. Sources: NDTV