85 died as Assam, Arunachal flood situation worsens

The flood situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh has turned grim as the Brahmaputra and several of its tributaries inundated more villages in 24 hours, with the authorities moving over 2 lakh people to relief camps in the 2 states. In Assam, over 5 lakh people are currently lodged in over 70 relief camps.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level and all other tributaries are also flowing above the red mark, inundating both villages and standing crops in different states.  While several people have died in the calamity so far, many have been safely moved to the relief camps.

The State Disaster Management Authority of Assam confirmed that this year the flood has affected a population of 17.43 lakh people, with 25,000 more reportedly hit in the last 12 hours.

Kiren Rijiju, MOS Home had led a central team comprising of National Disaster Response Force and Niti Aayog officials for a ground assessment of the damages incurred due to the disaster engulfing the nearby states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The central team first visited Lakhimpur which is the worst-hit district in Assam.  Following this, the team went to Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district where 14 people were killed due to a landslide on Tuesday.

Kiren Rijiju stated that the extent of damage and an initial assessment of the worst affected areas have has been carried out. The Centre will soon provide all the necessary support after the preliminary damage assessment report.

In a recent meet conducted by the minister for development of North Eastern Region, Jitendra Singh stated that the damages caused by the flood this year were unprecedented. A total of 58 districts has been affected by the floods and landslides. A total of 85 lives has been lost in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Manipur.

However, the situation will continue to deteriorate in the North Eastern districts and the Centre has assured the people that it will help the states in all possible ways to lessen the damages caused by the floods and landslides.

The state government has already allocated the sufficient emergency fund. Apart from this Rs 500 crore available under State Disaster Response Force fund, will also be used for mending the damages caused due to the floods and landslides.