Guwahati: Heavy rain, flooding, and landslides have made life in Assam a living hell in the last few days, with at least eight people having lost their lives, six of whom were victims of landslides. Incessant rain and floods have affected the lives of over 11 lakh people across the 25 districts of the state.
Two children died due to landslides and floods on Thursday in Goalpara district, while two people drowned in the flood waters in Dima Hasao and Udalguri districts. Overall, 68,331 people from 15 affected districts have been given shelter in 150 relief camps established by the respective district administrations.
“It’s not only this time; floods have affected us every year, but there is no solution to it.” “We have to stay in the relief camp, but if we leave our place, then who will see our livestock?” said a flood-affected villager in Nalbari.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and Fire and Emergency Services of the Assam Police have been pressed into service to rescue the people from this deadly flood. The rescue team has been working on war footing in this adverse situation. 1,702 villages in the state are hit by the current spell of flooding.
“Around 130 families are still trapped in the villages here.” We will start our rescue operations now. “Our first priority is to rescue the children and patients,” an Assam Police official in Kokrajhar said.
Meanwhile, a district administration official in Kokrajhar said, “We have demanded for the relief materials to start their distribution soon after they reach us.” We are making proper arrangements to evacuate the pregnant, lactating mothers, and elderly first.
At numerous places, the rivers such as Brahmaputra, Manas, Pagladia, Puthimari, Kopili, and Gaurang are flowing above the danger level mark.
Heavy downpours have created chaos all over the state, and the meteorological department has predicted more rain in the coming days. It seems there is no respite for the people of Assam in the next couple of days.