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Heavy rains followed by floods and landslides wreak havoc in Northeast; 62 deaths so far

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Guwahati: There has been a lot of damage to life and property due to floods in Assam. A large number of people have taken shelter in relief camps. In the last 24 hours, a total population of 30,99,762 in 4,296 villages in 32 districts of the state has been affected by the floods. Lakhs of people have been affected by this flood in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. Here many people were made homeless, many people died, crops have been destroyed, roads were broken and railways have been disrupted.

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In the last 24 hours 8 people have lost their lives. Now a total of 62 people have died since April, out of which 51 have lost their lives in floods and 11 in landslides. At the same time, more than a total of 66455.82 hectares of cultivable land has been affected due to floods.

Due to the natural disaster that came here, people are facing a lot of difficulties. People are waiting for the calmness of this disaster by staying in relief camps.

514 relief camps and 302 relief distribution centers have been opened in the flood-affected areas. A total of 1,56,365 people are taking shelter in these relief camps.

In Assam, nearly 3,000 villages have been flooded and 43,000 hectares of agricultural land has been submerged in water. Several embankments, culverts and roads have been damaged. A boat carrying flood-affected people sank in Hojai district, leaving three children missing while 21 others were rescued. The Assam government has also arranged special flights between Guwahati and Silchar for people stranded due to floods and landslides.

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Along with this, the sudden floods in Meghalaya have also created a lot of uproar. Three deaths were reported in Baghmara in South Garo Hills district and one in Siju due to landslide. With this, CM Kanrad has announced compensation for those killed in the natural calamity.

More than 10,000 people have been rendered homeless in the state due to the floods triggered by incessant rains in Tripura since Friday. So the train service has been disrupted for the last one month. Meanwhile, surface connectivity between Tripura and the rest of the country was snapped on Thursday following landslides caused by heavy rains on National Highway-6, officials said. The wrath of the floods is confined to Agartala and its neighborhood in West Tripura district, where the water level of the Howrah river has risen significantly and the Agartala Municipal Corporation and its adjoining areas have been submerged.

Arunachal Pradesh
Water from the Subansiri river in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh has submerged a dam, which was under construction for a hydroelectric project. Meghalaya, Assam, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim recorded extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places and Nagaland and Tripura recorded heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Officials have said that Mausinram and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya have received record rainfall since 1940. Government sources said that this is the third highest rainfall in Agartala in the last 60 years. All the educational institutions have been closed due to the sudden floods. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those killed in the floods.

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