Guwahati, June 16: Army and Indian Air Force are on high alert as the flood situation in Assam worsens, affecting an additional 9,000 people in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, and Dibrugarh districts. The total number of affected individuals in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts had already reached 21,000 by Wednesday. Urban floods continue to impact Kamrup (Metro), Cachar, and Nalbari districts.
Rescue operations have been initiated in Lakhimpur district with the assistance of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has confirmed the readiness of the Army and Indian Air Force for any emergency situation.
The excessive rainfall in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh has led to the flooding of downstream areas in Lakhimpur district, affecting around 23,516 people. In Dibrugarh, more than 3,857 individuals have been affected, while in Dhemaji, the figure stands at 1,497 as of Thursday evening.
To support the affected population, three relief distribution centers have been established in Lakhimpur district. Additionally, approximately 215.6 hectares of crop area remain submerged in floodwaters, as reported by the ASDMA.
The Kumatiya Embankment, stretching from NH-15 to Gurathali Chapori in Dhemaji, has suffered damage due to the floods. Erosion caused by the Brahmaputra and its tributaries has created havoc in riverside areas across Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Sonitpur, and Udalguri districts, according to the ASDMA.
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Meanwhile, an “orange alert” has been issued for the northeastern states for the next two days, indicating the continued risk of heavy rainfall and potential flash floods.
The authorities are actively engaged in rescue and relief operations to mitigate the impact of the floods. Efforts are being made to provide necessary assistance and support to the affected population, while the armed forces remain on standby to respond swiftly to any emergency situations.