With more districts engulfed by the monsoon flood in Assam, Army has been kept as a standby for assisting the administration in rescue operations.
“Our personnel are kept on alert at several flood-affected districts across the state to assist the administrations in rescue and relief works. We have rescued so far 150 marooned people especially from Baksa district in lower Assam. The army will provide all necessary held at the time of distress,” an Army official said.
Personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are already into rescue operations of marooned persons, with flood-affected districts rising up to 28 on Sunday. The death toll due to flood has risen to 11 with four more bodies of persons drowned were recovered on Sunday.
The Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri was flowing above danger mark, while its tributaries Burhidehing in Dibrugarh), Subansiri in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup and Beki in Barpeta districts have continued to flow above danger mark on Sunday. Also, Barak and Kushiyara rivers in Barak valley of southern Assam are in spate.
On Sunday NDRF and SDRF along with civil administrations rescued 7,833 people in 11 districts where the intensity of the deluge was relatively high.
While two bodies were recovered from Jorhat West and Teok in Jorhat district, one each were retrieved from Sarupeta (Barpeta district) and Dhubri district.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 26, 45,533 people are affected in the second wave of the deluge that hit the state early this month. About 16,596 flood-affected people have taken shelter in 85 relief camps, while 242 relief distribution centres have been set up in the deluge-hit districts.
Morigaon district in central Assam became the worst flood-hit with nearly 3.5 lakh people affected on Sunday. Morigaon’s Bhuragaon revenue circle is the worst hit with 1,74,617 persons affected.
A crop area of 87,607.43 hectares is underwater in the 28 districts; in Golaghat district alone 5,070.23 hectares submerged. The current spate of flood has also affected nearly 30 lakh livestock in the state.
Chief Minister’ office said that CM Sarbananda Sonowal is taking stock of the situation and instructed deputy commissioners across the flood-hit districts to go full throttle in relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, at least 15 trains connecting Silchar in Barak valley and Agartala in Tripura remained cancelled since Friday. Train services had to be cancelled following restoration works on the damaged stretch of railway tracks between Jatinga Lumpur- New Harangajao under Lumding-Badarpur hill section of the railway. Heavy rain led to a portion of the tracks to cave in on Friday. Train services are likely to resume on Tuesday.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-15 4:15 PM