Dispur: Torrential rain, floods and landslides in some parts of Assam have created an obnoxious situation in the state. Almost two lakh people have been affected due to the floods. At least 12 people have died so far in this natural calamity.
Massive landslides and waterlogging have taken place amidst floods, which resulted in huge damage to the state infrastructure—railway tracks, bridges, and roads. The worst effects of floods can be seen in the 20 districts of the state.
Overall, around 1,97,248 people have been affected by the floods and landslides. Disaster management officials said Cachar and Hojai districts are the worst-hit.
The prediction of the weather office is not positive as they predict that heavy rain can take place for the next three days. This would make the situation worse rather than better. Roads, bridges, and houses have been completed or partially damaged in several areas.
Videos shared on social media showed an old bridge crumbling and being washed away by a raging swell of floodwaters in the Dima Hasao district. Other visuals showed Haflong station in the district completely inundated due to heavy rains and mudslides.
A state bulletin said Dima Hasao district has been completely cut off due to landslides and a breakdown of communication channels, adding that all roads and railways leading to Haflong have been blocked since May 15.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Fire and Emergency Services have been pressed into service. The rescue operation is in progress on a war footing.
The evacuation process of about 2800 passengers from two trains was successfully completed. The Air Force and other agencies worked incessantly to safely bring all the passengers to a safe spot on Monday.
Two locomotives were stranded on the tracks amidst landslides and waterlogging.
Currently, 55 relief camps have been set up in seven districts, giving shelter to the homeless. Several relief distribution centres have been operating in other districts.