Assam Floods: Over 6 lakh affected in 26 districts

19 May, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

Assam is experiencing additional flooding, with 9 people killed so far and over 6 lakh people affected across 27 districts.

Assam is experiencing additional flooding, with 9 people killed so far and over 6 lakh people affected across 27 districts.

Folllowing this massive disaster, Assam Government has reached an arrangement with regional airline Flybig to rescue travellers stranded in the Barak Valley, which has been cut off from the rest of the state owing to floods and landslides.

In a report released on Wednesday by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the current floods in the state have affected more than 6.62 lakh people in 27 districts.

According to the study, Nagaon district is the hardest hit, with 2.88 lakh individuals affected, followed by 1.19 lakh in Cachar, 1.07 lakh in Hojai, 60562 in Darrang, 27282 in Biswanath, and 19755 in Udalguri. “This round of floods hit 1413 villages under 70 revenue circles, and flooding submerged 46160.43 hectares of crops,” the study claimed.

One person drowned in floodwaters in the Cachar district.

According to the report, district administrations have set up 135 relief camps and 113 distribution centres to house 48,304 flood victims, including 6,911 children and 50 pregnant women and breastfeeding moms.

The water level of the Kopili river in Kampur, Nagaon district, is still over the danger limit and has reached its maximum point.

The Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, and Fire and Emergency Services personnel rescued 8,054 people in flood-affected districts on Wednesday.

Following the situation, the Assam Forest Department has constructed over 40 hills to provide shelter for animals in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) and other National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries around the state.

Parimal Suklabaidya, the Minister for Environment and Forests, said on Wednesday that his department is fully prepared to rescue animals from the ongoing floods in Kaziranga and other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.