‘Unprecedented’ Flood Hits Northeastern States. Death Toll Reaches 80

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9:57 pm 14 Jul, 2017

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According to the recent media reports on the flood and landslides that have hit 58 districts of the northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, around 80 people have died and around 17 lakh have been marooned.

The Central Government has suggested use of space technology and experts from Indian Space Research Organization for assessment of damage caused by the flood and landslides.

Union minister of state for development of northeastern region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh, chaired a review meeting on Thursday and said that the flood has caused “unprecedented” damage in the three states. Out of the three states, Assam is the worst hit. The minister further informed that around 80-85 lives had been lost so far until Thursday.

People use boat to cross flooded area of Assam IndiaToday/Reuters

 


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In Assam alone, around 50 people have died of drowning and electrocution whereas in Arunachal Pradesh, a landslide buried 14 members of a family alive. According to information from Assam State Disaster Management Authority, in Assam alone, 2450 villages are under water, around 86,000 hectares of crop areas have been engulfed by water and close to 14 lakh animals have been affected so far.



Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is also one of the worst hit areas. Nagaland witnessed torrential rains on Thursday, while no casualties from the state have been reported yet.

The Prime Minister has deputed Union Minister Kiren Rijiju to keep track of the flood. Rijiju conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas on Thursday and said that there will be deputation of a high-level inter-ministerial team within a period of one month to estimate the damage caused.

Indiatimes quotes Kiren Rijiju saying,

We have seen the extent of damage and an initial assessment has been carried out. Centre will provide all support after the preliminary damage assessment report.


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