Assam flood situation critical; rail link snapped

Third wave of floods hit Assam, three lakh affected

At least 14 people, including a minor were reported to have died due to second wave of floods, which has wreaked havoc in 19 out of 33 districts of the state.

Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters that the death toll was likely to increase.

Road transport on the National Highway 37 remained disrupted at Numaligarh and Koliabor after flood waters overtopped the highway, stranding hundreds of trucks and other public transport.

Principal Secretary of Prime Minister's Office Nripendra Mishra on Sunday directed the Chief Secretary of the state V.K.Pipersenia to submit a report to the PMO detailing the damage and devastation caused by the current wave of floods in the state. "Erosion and breaches of embankments have been reported in 11 districts", an ASDMA officer said.

The flood situation on Sunday deteriorated in Assam, where the Army was called out for rescue operations as 10 more people were killed and 22.5 lakh affected in 21 districts.

Defence PRO Lt Col S Newton said, "Red Horns Division under the aegis of the Gajraj Corps moved swiftly to the aid of people of lower Assam affected by floods amidst a heavy deluge and pouring waters of overflowing rivers".

Officials said they took precautionary measures keeping in mind the first wave of floods that claimed 19 lives by mid-July.

"Over 3.98 lakh people are affected alone in Dhubri district, while 3.14 lakh affected in Morigaon, 2.36 lakh in Kokrajhar, 2.07 lakh in Bongaigaon, 1.84 lakh in Barpeta, 1.63 lakh in South Salmara, 1.44 lakh in Dhemaji, 1.14 lakh in Golaghat", the top ASDMA official said.

The Prime Minister was talking over phone with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. While both Assam and Meghalaya will receive widespread rainfall till Wednesday, most places in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura will get showers on Sunday and Monday. The capital Itanagar has been heavily affected the roads are blocked from Friday due to water logged.

Additional personnel of national and state disaster response forces were deployed in the affected districts to rescue marooned people.

A search and rescue operation is on involving local authorities and the Indian Army. ASDMA added that Buridihing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Puthimari and Sankosh river, in particular, were flowing above danger levels and have submerged more than 20,000 hectares of cropland. Several ministers are visiting flood affected districts to take stock of the situation.

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